The following information may be of use to those working with children and young people, or carrying out research, within the family justice system.
Click on the link below to access Cafcass' Revised PLO guidance and case analysis template, and other resources for judges, magistrates and court staff.
Private law is generally used to refer to applications made following a divorce or separation, such as where a child will live (residence) or with whom a child will spend time (contact).
Click on the link below to find out more about the type of work Cafcass does with children and for the court in private law cases.
Public law is generally used to refer to applications brought to keep a child safe. This means cases about emergency protection, care and supervision, secure accommodation and matters like that.
Click on the link below to find out more about the type of work Cafcass does with children and for the court in public law cases.
The work Cafcass carries out in adoption cases depends on the way in which the application for adoption has come about.
Click on the link to find out more about the work Cafcass does in adoption cases.
Copies of statutes (including the Children Act 1989) and statutory instruments (including the Family Proceedings Rules 1991) from 1988 are available at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/.
Note: However this website does not update legislation when, as quite often happens, it is changed by later legislation.
Neither Cafcass nor its officers can provide legal advice except where, through Cafcass Legal Services, it has been appointed to be a child’s legal representative. In particular, the pages in this part of the Cafcass website do not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as a substitute for it.
Legal advice may be available from a Citizen’s Advice Bureau or from a solicitor. Cafcass strongly recommends any solicitor used is experienced in cases about children and is a member of the Law Society Children Panel.
Click here for details of local solicitors who are members of the Panel or refer to your local Yellow Pages under ‘Solicitors’.
We've pulled together information for friends and family members of those who are considering using, or going through the family courts.
Click on the link below to access information which may be of use to the people you are working with.
Click on the link below to access the policies and templates for use by self-employed contractors (SECs)
If you are interested in the research Cafcass has carried out, or would like to carry out some research using information held by Cafcass then click on the link below.
If you provide a contact activity service, family mediation or interpreter service (or require an interpreter to carry out your service) click on the link below.
Our Service Provider Directory is also available via the link.
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Press and media queries should be directed to ZZCAFCASSCommsTeam@flex-r.gsi.gov.uk
or 07768796484 (both in and out of hours).
Human rights issues apply to all kinds of cases involving children.
Click on the link below to find out more about the law in this area.
The Domestic abuse practice pathway provides practitioners with a structured, focussed and stepped framework for assessing cases where domestic abuse is a predominant feature.
Click here to view the pathway.