This paper presents important findings relating to ethnicity and the family justice system. It follows a child’s journey through the family justice system – before court, through court proceedings, and after court – to explore what is known about ethnic disparities in both public and private law. 

The paper presents key findings from research showing that there are inequalities, from referral to social services, the types of legal orders made, placement stability, all the way to educational and employment outcomes in children’s later lives.

By Dr Charlotte Edney

Published by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

How might our ethnicity affect our experience of the family justice system?
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