A research team is currently putting out a call for evidence as a means of getting feedback on what we think is an excellent idea – improving the way research is used in the Family Courts, through the creation of an observatory.
It’s an exciting development, and one that we think deserves to be spread.
The team is going to be exploring ways in which we might be able to gather available evidence relevant to family justice; offer independent expertise; identify gaps in current research and provide a central source where organisations can access the latest data.
Everyone is invited to contribute, including lawyers, judges, policy makers, researchers and families and children who have experienced or are experiencing the system.
If the observatory is implemented, it could potentially improve general understanding of complex issues inside the system, raise the standard of practice across the family justice sector and create a truly transparent process.
The closing date for the consultation is Monday 31st October, 2016.
What do you think? Is an observatory a good idea or can you see any down sides to its creation?