The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has published its report on new born babies and infants in the family justice system in Wales.
This report presents a picture of an increase in the number of new born babies who are subject of care proceedings and notes that the numbers doubled between 2015 and 2018.
The number of newborn babies subject to care proceedings in Wales (per 10,000 births) more than doubled between 2015 and 2018 from 39 newborns per 10,000 to 83 new borns per 10,000
Overall the position in England and Wales is of a high proportion of new born babies and infants in the Family Justice System. Further research will be undertaken by the Nuffield FJO to understand why there is increase in the number of infants coming before the Family Courts in England and Wales and why more infants in Wales are subject of a care order than in England.
An earlier study published by the FJO in October 2018, which focused on new born babies in care proceedings in England found evidence of differences in practice despite the fact that the two countries work to the Children Act 1989 in respect of the safeguarding of children and care proceedings.
To access the full report:
Mewn gofal o’u geni: babanod newydd-anedig a phlant bach mewn achosion gofal yng Nghymru – cliciwch yma.
Born into care: newborns and infants in care proceedings in Wales – click here.
Photograph of ‘Benllech ar derfyn dydd’ by Richard Jones -@lluniaurich