– by Yasmin Gizzi

Picture of Yasmin Gizzi of Dawson Hart Solicitors

When an application for a Child Arrangements Order is made, the Family Court will notify Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) from the outset.  A Social Worker, known as a Family Court Advisor, will then be appointed to that case. 

In the majority of children cases, Cafcass will speak to the parties about their concerns and prepare a Safeguarding Letter, which is sent to the Court before the first Court hearing.  This letter will set out a summary of their discussions with the parties and the steps they recommend to progress the case. 

As part of the safeguarding letter, Cafcass will also carry out checks with the Local Authority and the Police in respect of both parties. 

In some cases, where deemed appropriate, the Court will order Cafcass to speak to the children after the first Court hearing to ascertain their wishes and feelings and prepare a more in depth report for the Court.  This is assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

The Family Court Advisor may attend any Court hearings to advise the Court on the next steps and to assist the parties if necessary. 

Overall, the role of Cafcass in the family court is fundamental to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children, give advice to the Court about any application made to the Court and provide information, advice and other support for the children and their families.

Any letters and reports from Cafcass are confidential and must not be shared.  

For further information on this, or for solicitor’s advice on your family needs,  contact us on 01825 762281 or email churchstreet@dawson-hart.co.uk. 

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