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Catch up on our learning event: Effective pre-proceedings

Updated: Apr 24

Catch up on our learning event on effective pre-proceedings held on Tuesday 6th June.

This learning event is the first of a series of four learning events organised as part of the project investigating the impact of delays in care proceedings on children’s services commissioned by the Department for Education. Click here to find out more about the project.

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"There is a pre-proceedings data black hole." [Local Authority Service Manager] Effective pre-proceedings are critical to ensure that – where possible and safe – cases are diverted from court, and where they do need to go to court, they are well prepared.

We know that an inconsistent approach to pre-proceedings can lead to varying quality of outcomes for children and can cause further delays in care proceedings. But what does good pre-proceedings practice look like? How do local authorities compare to their peers when it comes to pre-proceedings? In this webinar, Mutual Ventures' Hannah Sampson explored examples of good practice in pre-proceedings and key statistics gathered as part of the project.

Hannah was also joined by Sarah Henry, PLO Data Lead Service Manager from Warrington Borough Council, who has experience of strengthening pre-proceedings practice in the North West and is leading the development of a new DfE funded data set on the effectiveness of pre-proceedings. For any information and to request resources presented by Sarah, contact

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Effective pre-proceedings
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