Call for evidence: Scoping study for a new national family justice observatory
Monday 22 August 2016

There is a general consensus that improvements need to be made to enhance the use of research evidence in the family justice system.

Lancaster University are now leading a research team to undertake a scoping study for a new national family justice observatory. They have launch a call for evidence, that gives organisations across England and Wales the opportunity to give their views on ways to improve the use of research evidence across the family justice system and to help shape the future of any national observatory that may be established.

The team at Lancaster University welcome submissions from policy, practice, and research leads, on behalf of their organisations, representing one or more of the following types of stakeholder:

  •  Practitioners (e.g. judges, lawyers, barristers, expert witnesses, social workers).
  • System-wide users (e.g. national/local policy leads).
  • Researchers and analysts (e.g. academic, government, voluntary or independent organisations).
  • Parties to cases (e.g. young people, parents, extended family members, other carers).

Lancaster University would encourage internal consultation to inform submissions. In all cases, they ask that the person submitting the response identifies their organisation and members and describes any internal consultation.

You will be able to submit your contribution until Monday 31st October 2016. CVAA will be collecting contributions from members. If you are a member and would like to contribute, please contact CVAA membership services.

Further information regarding the full scoping study and details of how to participate are available at the project website: