The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children going through the family justice system. They provide experienced Family Court Advisers who are often asked by the court to work with families and then advise the court on what they consider to be best for the children. They could become involved where parents or carers can’t agree on arrangements for their children, where social services have serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a child or in relation to adoption. They are commonly referred to as the “eyes and ears of the Court.”
CAFCASS are thorough in their investigations and will undertake background checks with the police and social services for any relevant information that may be held. They will also speak to both parents and often the child. It is extremely important that parents are open and honest with CAFCASS as Judge’s are often persuaded by CAFCASS recommendation.
CAFCASS have an extremely useful website with a great deal of useful information. This includes blogs, articles and resources for parents, professionals and children.
CAFCASS website can be found at https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/
Townsend Family Law are able to provide services tailored to your budget. Should you require assistance please telephone us on 01992 892214.