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About Us

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory improves the lives of children and families by putting data and research evidence at the heart of the family justice system. Established by and housed within the Nuffield Foundation, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory began work in 2019 and has funding currently secured until 2026.

The work of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has already had an impact on policy and practice within the family justice system. Its research reports, events and bulletins are regularly accessed by hundreds of judges, lawyers and social workers every year. The focus of its work is set out in an ambitious strategy and its progress is recorded in an annual impact report.

The work is being driven by a small, dynamic team, working collaboratively with a wide range of organisations and individuals.

The Board is not a legal entity and the ultimate responsibility for the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO) rests with the Trustee Board of the Nuffield Foundation.  Nevertheless, the Nuffield FJO Board plays an important role, advising on its strategy and supporting its development.

The initial founding Board members were appointed in 2018, with further appointments made to the Board in 2021 and 2023.  Further information on the current Board members can be found here.

The founding Chair was Sir James Munby, whose initial three year term was extended to the end of 2023. The Nuffield Foundation is now looking to appoint a new Chair to lead the Board to oversee the organisation through its next phase of development.

Potential candidates will need to have experience of working within the family justice system and an understanding of children’s and families’ experiences of services and support before, during and after they are the subject of family court proceedings.

Candidates will be ‘system thinkers’ with experience of influencing change to improve outcomes for children and families.  Candidates will be committed to evidenced-based policy and practice and have an interest in research and data.

Candidates will be skilled communicators, comfortable and credible interacting across a wide range of stakeholders including children and families, social care, law, policy makers, academics and media.

Above all the new Chair, alongside the Director, will need to be a skilled chairperson, powerful advocate, champion and ambassador for the organisation.

Please refer to the full role description and person specification.

Further information can be found on our website: www.nuffieldfjo.org.uk