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Key changes to family justice (England)

This clear, concise guide supports practitioners and professionals by detailing recent changes in the law, including the Children and Families Act 2014, Family Justice Review and Fostering for Adoption. More importantly, it also explores how these changes are being applied in practice to meet children’s needs and reduce delay.

It will help practitioners understand what has changed in family justice, and what has remained the same; which changes are relevant to work with looked after children and their families; and how best to work together with the courts to ensure the best outcomes for children.

Who is this book for?

This book is ideal for social workers, other practitioners and professionals, and all those involved in the family justice process.

What you will find in this book

This guide covers many aspects of recent legislative changes, including:

  • The Family Justice Review
  • The Family Court
  • Legal aid
  • The Children and Families Act 2014
  • The impact of Re B and Re B-S
  • Adoption, Fostering for Adoption and concurrent planning
  • Fostering and Staying Put


Shefali Shah is a practising solicitor with over 21 years’ experience in children law. She has been an accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel accreditation scheme since 2003. She has over 17 years’ experience as a local authority solicitor and manager. She is legal adviser to Adoption UK, Adopters for Adoption, a member of CoramBAAF’s Legal Group Advisory Committee, and one of the four legal advisers to the Independent Review Mechanism for England. She has a national trainer and has developed training courses on public children and social care law.

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This book is clearly written, first and foremost, for local authority social workers. That said, it will undoubtedly prove useful to children’s guardians, lawyers who want a concise overview and also lay people who are seeking a better understanding of the process. This remains a commendable achievement in conciseness which deserves a place on practitioners’ bookshelves.

Rodney Noon, solicitor-advocate, Halifax, Seen & Heard 26: 2