News: London boroughs take ‘assembly line’ approach to care proceedings
Three major London boroughs have cut the amount of time required for care proceedings to go through the family court system by up to fifty per cent through the introduction of an assembly line process developed by car manufacturer Toyota.
Andrew Christie is director of children’s services for the three boroughs. He told Radio 4’s Today programme: “If you want to build a car well and have it run reliably and therefore satisfy the people who want to buy it you need to make sure that you bring together all constituent components that you need and [make sure that] you bring [them] together at the right time, in the right place and absolutely crucially of the right quality. This was a principle that we thought we ought to apply to the problem that we have…which is the unacceptable delay that children are experiencing in care proceedings.”
“We brought together all the key players: judges, social workers, court advisory officers, people who do the scheduling in court. We brought them together and asked them to talk about what their experience was.”
Nationally the average time taken time to care proceedings to proceed through the family court system is 49 weeks, or more than ten months.
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