This report sets out findings from a small-scale study on private family law cases that return to court, based upon data held within our administrative dataset. It was undertaken within the context of a 20% rise in private law applications over the past two years and a wish within Cafcass and the wider family justice sector to understand what lies behind the rise and identify cases which may benefit from an innovative approach or being safely resolved out of court.
The aims of the study were to ascertain the scale and patterns of cases returning to court, and the circumstances behind such returns. We made use of quantitative data relating to over 40,000 private law applications received in 2016-17; and of primarily qualitative data relating to case file reviews of a sample of 100 private law return cases received in April 2017. Continue reading “Private law cases that return to court: a Cafcass study”
We are launching our 2018 professionals training programme early due to the number of requests about this in recent weeks. The following trainings are available in early March and are limited to 15 places on each course, to allow us to work closely with participants.
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Recent findings from neuroscience offer a different perspective, ascribing to the body an integral role in our sense of self and our way of being in the world. “I feel therefore I am”, even “I feel therefore I think,” may be more apt. This is not – as it’s sometimes mistaken for – an invitation to ‘indulge’ our feelings; rather it’s an understanding that to be able to think and make conscious choices, we need to know how we feel, otherwise the unconscious may be in the driving seat. Continue reading “Can I Learn to Self-Regulate My Emotions?”
Research investigates reasons for cases returning
Research published today by Cafcass shows for the first time the scale of private law cases that come back to court. It looks at why these cases return and distinguishes between those that belong in court and those that might safely benefit from alternative dispute resolution.
The research found that 30 per cent of the 40,599 private law applications involving Cafcass in 2016-17 had been to court before. The majority returned within two years, and almost a third had been to court at least twice before. One child had been the subject of eleven cases between 2005 and 2017.
One hundred returning cases were explored in detail to look at why they came back to court. Four principal causes were identified: safeguarding concerns raised by parties; high conflict between adults; changes in life circumstances; and the child’s wishes and feelings.
The research sets out policy and practice implications of these different types of returning cases, contributing to wider discussions about family justice reform and possible approaches to safely resolve cases outside of court. Continue reading “30% of private law cases have been to court before: Cafcass research”
As a parent, I don’t think anything ever prepares you for the anguish of seeing your child unhappy. I just wanted to love their unhappiness away like I did when they were babies. I felt that I had fallen short as mother, powerless to help.
I suspect my experience is shared by many other parents. Amongst all this angst, I guess what most parents want to know is whether their child’s behaviour is in the “normal” range or a sign of a more serious issue that would benefit from counselling.
With public concern at an all-time high about children’s mental health and scary statistics flying around, parents and carers can feel confused and worried. Nobody wants their child to suffer unnecessarily, but counselling costs valuable time and money. So how can parents and carers tell if their child would benefit from therapy? Continue reading “Does My Child Need Therapy?”