This study has looked at the number of children that are exposed to further significant harm when placed under Supervision Orders, and how many end up in repeat proceedings.
In particular the study identifies that children under 5 years old were at the greatest risk. it also compares the difference in outcomes when children are placed with extended family and how that often reduces the risk of repeat proceedings.
At least one in five children in England allowed to return to potentially dangerous homes under supervision orders are back in court within five years having been subjected to further significant harm, according to research. Children aged under five placed under supervision orders were at greater risk of returning to court than older children, the four-year study found (pdf). At least 8% of all children under supervision orders returned to court within 12 months of previous proceedings. The study also found that professionals were deeply frustrated by the lack of powers available to help them keep vulnerable children safe, and wanted local authorities to be given “more teeth”. The study followed 19,296 children placed under supervision orders between 2010-11 and 2016-17.