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Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England

Cox, Pam and McPherson, Susan and Mason, Claire and Ryan, Mary and Baxter, Vanessa (2020) 'Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England.' Societies, 10 (4). ISSN 2075-4698

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Abstract

Recent studies of public law care proceedings within the family justice system in England and Wales suggest that up to a quarter of all mothers who appear in such proceedings will reappear within a subsequent—or recurrent—set of such proceedings within seven years. In the last decade, new interdisciplinary research spanning social work, clinical psychology and sociology has defined and investigated the previously hidden challenge and social costs of ‘recurrent care proceedings’ (RCP). This article adds to this new field by analysing the core values, practice and impact of three different local services in the northwest of England working with birth parents to reduce the risk of recurrent proceedings. The article combines data gathered from the three distinct services using a common evaluation framework co-produced by the authors working with service leads, practitioners and users. It explores how all three services are seeking to reduce the risk of recurrent care proceedings in their local areas without requiring women to use long acting reversible contraception (LARC) or other forms of contraception as a condition of accessing the service. It concludes that insights gained from these and cognate services can inform an emergent community of practice in the recurrent care field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: recurrent care proceedings; family justice; service evaluation; child removal; birth parents
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2020 16:34
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 16:34
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29216

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