The Family Justice Council is an advisory Non Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Judicial Office. It is an inter-disciplinary body responsible for providing independent expert advice on the family justice system to Government, principally through the Family Justice Board. The Council is chaired by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby. Its membership reflects all the key professional groups working in the family justice system and includes: judges, lawyers, social workers, Cafcass officers, health professionals and academics. The views expressed in this response reflect the views of the Council’s members. It should not be assumed that they are necessarily shared, in every particular, by the Chairman.