Putting children and young people first in the family courts



Information for children

If you need help in understanding anything on these pages, ask a grown-up who you trust to go through it with you.

8-12 girl courtSometimes families have problems which they might find hard to sort out by themselves. That's when a wise person called a judge can help. The judge listens to everybody and then decides what is best for children. They work in a place called a family court.
family court is very different to a criminal court where people go when they may have done something wrong. 

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Sometimes it can be confusing when we hear words and phrases that we do not understand. To help make things easier the Family Justice Young People's Board (FJYPB) has put together a glossary explaining the meaning of some of the words and phrases which you may hear during your family court case. Read the glossary here.


Cafcass workers

Sometimes the judge may ask a Cafcass worker to speak to you to find out what you think and how you feel. But Cafcass workers don't meet all children because sometimes families can sort things out on their own.


More information

For more information about what happens when your family goes to court, please click on the link under the sentence that best describes your situation:

  • My parents are separating

    Cafcass has resources to help you through this.

    Click on the link below for more information.

  • I'm getting a new family

    Take a look at our information about adoption.

    Click on the link below to find out more.

  • People are trying to make sure I'm safe

    Learn about what steps people can take to help make sure you are cared for and safe.

    Click on the link below for more information.

  • I want to learn more about Cafcass

    Check out our information page for children and young people.

    Click on the link below to find out more about the work we do.

  • Other children & young people's stories

    Read the stories of children who have been through the family courts.

    Click on the link below to access the stories.

  • Children and Young People's video

    Our Children and Young People's video explains who we are and what we do.

  • I'd like some more support

    Take a look at some more organisations that can help you.

    Click on the link below.

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