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Operating Framework

The Operating Framework sets out what we do and how we use our resources effectively so that we can provide the best service to those children and families referred to us.Operating framework

View the Operating Framework.

Appendices

Appendix 1: Glossary

Appendix 2: The Legal Framework

Appendix 3: Summary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Appendix 4: Private law business process flow chart

Appendix 5: Public law business process flow chart

Appendix 6: Concerns and complaints process flowchart

Appendix 7: Key principles for the service set out by the Interdisciplinary Alliance for Children

SECS: In providing services to Cafcass as a contractor, there is a requirement to do so in accordance with current policies and to remain fully conversant with all policies. Please click on the links below to access all relevant policies and guidance.

If there are any links to internal documents within the policies or guidance that you are not able to access, please contact your Cafcass manager to send via email and let us know by email to webenquiries@cafcass.gsi.gov.uk:

To access templates, click here.

Click on link to access policy and guidance documents Date first published on this page Most recent update
Safeguarding

Child protection policy

Police checks handbook

Child exploitation strategy

20.01.14

11.05.15

11.11.15

19.09.16

09.01.17

11.11.15

Private law

Family Assistance Orders Guidance

 

Family Assistance Orders Guidance flow chart

01.02.10

 

31.03.2017

02.04.12 (reformatted only)

31.07.2016

Public law

Cafcass and IRO Protocol

19.08.16

Placement and adoption

Adoption Handbook

08.01.14

16.11.16

Case recording

Case Recording and Retention Policy 01.02.10 16.03.2017
IT policy & procedures 01.02.10 08.03.16

Information Assurance Policy 

Appendix 1 (Record Classsification and Retention Schedule)

01.02.10 24.08.16
Subject Access Request Policy 01.12.11 06.05.16
Reporting to Court Policy 19.12.11

21.09.16

Practice Appointing a Solicitor 01.02.10 24.06.16
Travel Abroad Procedure 01.02.10 10.03.15

Conflict of Interest Policy

01.02.10 10.11.15
Supervision policy 11.04.11 15.09.16
Whistle blowing policy 11.04.11 23.06.17

Revised PLO Cafcass guidance

01.07.13

01.08.13

Section 20 Guidance

 01.04.16

 01.04.16

Guidance on McKenzie Friends and support for service users during Cafcass meetings

 01.06.17

 

Guidance with Cafcass Cymru on the use of professional time for the benefit of children

 01.07.17

 

General Complaints and Compliments Procedure 06.02.12 17.11.16

Health and Safety

01.07.12

19.11.13

Parental Orders and surrogacy

Surrogacy Handbook

08.01.14

16.11.16

 

Cafcass / ADCS good practice guidance

 

Children relinquished for adoption

21.03.13
Determining whether Cafcass or a LA should prepare a s7 21.03.13
Practice note: contact 21.03.13
Social work practised in the family courts 21.03.13

Applications to discharge care orders

21.03.13

Assessment of special guardians

09.10.15

 Position statement on settlement conferences

09.01.17

 Agreement on effective working between Cafcass and ADCS

10.02.17

C110A and national local authority social work evidence template

C110A populated case study

15.08.14

 

C110A blank template

 15.08.14

 

Guidance from ADCS and Cafcass about completing the national local authority social work evidence templates

 15.08.14

Social work evidence template populated case study

 15.08.14

Social work evidence template blank

 15.08.14

09.01.17

Social work evidence final analysis blank template

 15.08.14

09.01.17

whistleblower whistleblowing whistle-blowing whistle-blower whistle blower whistle blowing 

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