BROWN, R. and WARD, H., 2012. Decision-making within a child’s timeframe: an overview of
current research evidence for family justice professionals concerning
child development and the impact of maltreatment. London: Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC)
Institute of Education, second edition, 134pp.
This overview of research evidence was commissioned in response to the Family Justice Review recommendation for consistent training and development for family justice professionals, including a greater emphasis on child development.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of this study was to bring together key research evidence to facilitate understanding among professionals working in the family justice system in the following areas:
• Neuroscience perspectives on children's cognitive, social and emotional development.
• The implications of maltreatment on childhood and adulthood wellbeing.
• Evidence on the outcomes of intervention by the courts and children's social care.
• Timeframes for intervening and how they fit (or don't) with those for children.
The paper is intended to assist decision-making by family justice professionals and facilitate a greater understanding of individual children's needs and appropriate timeframes.
This is a report. The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre is an independent research centre with
funding from the Department for Education. It is a partnership between the Thomas
Coram Research Unit (TCRU) and other centres at the Institute of Education, the
Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University and the
Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent.