Dates: 2013
Research Team: Prof Judith Masson, Prof Jonathan Dickens, Kay Bader, Julie Young
Funder: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ‘pre-proceedings process’ for care proceedings is a formal process of notification and discussion which local authorities are expected to use before bringing child protection cases to court, so long as this does not put children at risk.

The objective of this study was to gain in-depth understanding of the working of the pre-proceedings process for care proceedings and its impact, within a framework of parental participation in local authority child protection work and due process in decisions relating to legal rights.



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