CAFCASS Category

Submissions, evaluations, cross-examination and ‘expand and explain’

Mrs Justice Parker indicated that she was entitled to evaluate the wishes and feelings of the child. Here, those ‘wishes and feelings’ amount to the child making ‘submissions’, not adducing evidence, and so questions about these submissions were not ‘cross-examination’, but just an attempt to get the child to ‘expand and explain’. Now, on the […]

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An introductory guide to Children’s Services

Children’s Services is responsible for supporting and protecting vulnerable children. 1 This can include providing them and their families with extra help or, where they are at risk of harm, it can involve Children’s Services taking steps to make sure that they are kept safe.The aim of the law around Children’s Services is that, wherever […]

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Tips on working with a social worker

Here are some tips on working with a social worker.• Here are some tips also on getting ready for a child protection conference – including how to deal with factually incorrect information in reports.• If you have support from family or friends you could ask for a family group conference to be arranged to bring them together to help support […]

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Child Protection Conference

Sometimes decisions are made about children that relate to incidents/ situations or allegations that happened previously – if the children are still being impacted or at risk in some way because of that situation. However, as parents you should always be given an opportunity to put forward your views, both when you have visits from […]

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CAFCASS

CAFCASS is a major source of injustice for children and APs.  Make no mistake about that. The reasons are these. Firstly, the training of CAFCASS officers is woeful.  Courses in PA are only optional.  And the uptake of these courses is lamentable – only 2% of caseworkers take this course (https://voiceofthechild.org.uk/kb/cafcass-parental-alienation-webinar-training/).  Well, Mr Douglas of […]

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Identifying the signs of parental alienation

Any professional reading the above cases should ask themselves whether they would have picked up on the warning signs?  In addition to major warning signs, which when summarised can seem so clear, there may be cases in which this is in fact far more subtle. Such subtle indicators were seen in Re D itself. In […]

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Children: parental alienation and the role of Cafcass (England)

Cafcass, the Government’s Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), has noted that “while there is no single definition” of parental alienation, it “recognise[s] parental alienation as when a child’s resistance or hostility towards one parent is not justified and is the result of psychological manipulation by the other parent”. Cafcass adds that […]

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Freedom of Information request

1) Do CAFCASS take concerns of parental alienation seriously? 2) What advise do CAFCASS give the parent that is being intentional alienated from their children? 3) What advise do CAFCASS give the parent that is intentional alienated the child from the other parent?….. Please could you provide Documents on Guidance, SOPS (standard operation procedures) on […]

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Investigate CAFCASS and Social Service’s ~ MORE SUPPORT NEEDED!

Source: Investigate CAFCASS and Social Service’s ~ MORE SUPPORT NEEDED!

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