A Response to Brown and Ward, 'Decision-Making within the Child's Timeframe'

10 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2013

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Sue White

University of Birmingham

David Wastell

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: May 21, 2013


The recent review commissioned by the DfE/Family Justice Council, entitled “Decision-making within a Child's Time Frame” (Brown and Ward, 2013) explicitly states its purpose as ensuring "consistent training...for family justice professionals". It contains a number of strands, and neuroscience figures strongly in its core argument. Much of the report, whilst purporting to be a rigorous scientific evaluation of the neurodevelopmental knowledge-base, has relied heavily on synthesized secondary sources and non-peer reviewed text books. It may thus be described more accurately as an excessively simplified guide to a complex field of work, where knowledge is far from settled and certainly not "policy ready."

Keywords: Neuroscience, family policy, family justice

Suggested Citation

White, Sue and Wastell, David, A Response to Brown and Ward, 'Decision-Making within the Child's Timeframe' (May 21, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2325357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2325357

Sue White

University of Birmingham

Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

David Wastell (Contact Author)

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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