Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO) has published findings from a survey about the use of supervision orders in care proceedings in England and Wales. A supervision order places a duty on the local authority to “advise, assist and befriend” a child but, unlike a care order, does not given them parental responsibility. Findings from the survey include: 90% of the 291 professional respondents thought supervision orders should be retained; reasons for using supervision orders included: to support children and parents where the situation had improved but ongoing help was necessary and for cases where children were older and did not want a care order; concerns about using supervision orders included: they were not properly enforceable and they added little to the support that could be provided under a child in need or child protection plan; suggestions for improvements included: specific obligations should be set out in a written plan and there should be an agreed process for reviewing progress.
Read the news story: New survey supports recommendations for a review of supervision orders in care proceedings
Read the survey findings: Supervision orders in care proceedings: survey findings (PDF)
Source: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
Date: 08 April 2021