If you are or about to become involved in court proceedings about your children, then you need to know about CAFCASS.
CAFCASS is The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. It looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings in the Court.
I highly recommend their website
It contains a wealth of very useful information.
Find out about
- parenting plans
- safeguarding letters
and most recently the new Assessment Framework.
The Court may decide that your case needs a report from a Family Court Advisor ( FCA ) from CAFCASS.
If so, the new Assessment Framework sets out how they will assess your case and prepare their report.
I strongly recommend that you read as much as you can and do your own research so that you know what will be happening in your court case whether or not you are undertaking the case yourself or instructing a solicitor. Understanding what CAFCASS is about is a big part of that, and it is all very accessible on their website.
The Child Impact Assessment Framework and its development What is the Child Impact Assessment Framework? The Cafcass Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF), previously called the High Conflict Practice Pathway, brings together guides and tools which Family Court Advisers can use to help them assess the impact of different case factors on the children we work with. This includes domestic abuse; harmful conflict; child refusal or resistance to spend time with one of their parents; and other forms of harmful parenting such as substance misuse or mental health difficulties. The structured framework sets out how children may experience parental separation and how this can be understood and assessed at Cafcass. It builds on our existing knowledge and guidance and follows a consistent and evidence-informed approach helping practitioners to find an outcome which is in the best interests of the children involved.