Norfolk Family Justice Board (NFJB)

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The Norfolk Family Justice Board had its inaugural meeting on 17 July 2012. It was set up following the recommendations of the Family Justice Review (a comprehensive, independently chaired review examining the family justice system). Norfolk Family Justice Board is concerned with both private law cases (separation and divorce, including arrangements for children) and public law cases (judgements in cases involving abuse or neglect and whether to place children in the care of the local authority).

Accepting the conclusion of the Family Justice Review that there was a need for improved leadership and co-ordination of the family justice system, the Government established the national Family Justice Board in March 2012 to provide leadership, drive performance improvements and improve cross-agency working. . The Board, independently chaired by David Norgrove (who chaired the Family Justice Review), comprises members who are the executive heads of the agencies collectively responsible for delivering family justice, and the senior judiciary attend the Board as observers. Local Family Justice Boards are responsible for delivering the national Family Justice Board agenda at the local level. They are based around Care Centre catchment areas and meet four times a year. Essentially, their effectiveness relies on the active co-operation and collaboration of LFJB members and the agencies they represent.

The Chair of the NFJB is Professor June Thoburn. Its membership includes representatives from barristers and solicitors; family mediators; Cafcass, Health practitioners; HM Courts and Tribunal Service, the Legal Aid Agency; Norfolk Children's Social Care and Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board. the Designated Family Judge, a District Judge and a Magistrate are participant observers.