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Jade Quirke
Jade Quirke
Family Solicitor
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Supervision orders and special guardianship: How risky are they?
Date:15 MAY 2017
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Findings from a national study of supervision orders and special guardianship

Professor Judith Harwin and Dr Bachar Alrouh
Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University

In March 2016, we wrote an article for Family Law and placed the spotlight on supervision orders. We identified the many gaps in our knowledge and especially, the extent to which they support sustainable family-based alternatives to public care, prevent recurrence of significant harm and return to court for fresh proceedings. We argued that there has been a lack of research interest in supervision orders compounded by mixed views as to whether ‘they are worth the paper they are written on' or provide a valuable framework to support a plan for reunification or placement within the extended family.
The full version of this article appears in the May 2017 issue of Family Law. Online subscribers can access the article here.

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