Leading children's charity, Barnardo, says vulnerable children are harmed by delays in family court proceedings for care and supervision orders.
Sky News has reported that some of Britain's most vulnerable children in England and Wales are stuck in abusive homes for over a year while awaiting decisions to be taken into the care. According to figures released by Barnardo, in 2009 children waited an average of more than 56 weeks before a court decision was made on care or supervision orders. Family court proceedings took an average of 45 weeks.
Additionally, the total number of unresolved cases increased to 12,994 at the end of 2009, 50 percent more than at the end of 2008.'