This summary report presents key messages from a comprehensive study of birth mothers and their recurrent care proceedings. The authors provide new evidence with the aim of helping agencies to understand the reasons why women return to court, and what more can be done to break this negative cycle. The authors also make recommendations regarding national data collection to ensure that intelligence about recurrence is more readily available for policy-makers and practitioners.

by Professor Karen Broadhurst, Ms Claire Mason, Dr Stuart Bedston, Dr Bachar Alrouh, Dr Lisa Morriss, Ms Tricia McQuarrie, Dr Melanie Palmer, Dr Mike Shaw, Professor Judith Harwin, and Ms Sophie Kershaw.

Published by Lancaster University & Centre for Child and Family Justice Research.

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