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Cafcass Staff: A Broad Cross Section of Society?

By: Lorna Elliott LLB (hons), Barrister - Updated: 18 Jul 2016 |
 
Cafcass Officer Court Child Report

Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) provides a variety of staff members who undertake different roles within the family court system. Cafcass officers broadly comprise of:

  • Family Court Advisors, who are trained social workers and work exclusively within the courts system, protecting and advocating the interests of children.
  • Children’s Guardians, who represent the child’s interests and help the court in adoption cases or in cases in which the court intends to make an order to protect the child from harm.
  • Family Support Workers, who support contact between children and their families, and who work alongside and provide assistance to Family Court Advisers.

Reforming the System

There are well-documented problems with Cafcass and the organisation has been subjected to many complaints in recent years. Although there is a multi-level complaints system in place, it is recognised that the system needs improvement and concerns of those who deal with Cafcass need to be dealt with more quickly and efficiently.

One common complaint with Cafcass, and particular Cafcass Family Law Advisors, has been that they are typically female and often from middle-class backgrounds. These two factors are often of concern to separated dads, who do not feel that their interests are adequately represented or indeed understood by female officers.

Cafcass Reports can be subjective, and very focused on the officer’s perception of the parties involved. For example, if a father has not seen his child for a year and a half, and is frustrated, angry and hurt by this, the Cafcass officer may perceive this as the father having an aggressive nature normally, which could end up having a detrimental effect on the report. Other officers may become hardened to the job, and may have developed a cynical attitude when dealing with certain types of cases.

Staff Recruitment

Social work as a whole has been through a recruitment crisis in recent times, especially since high profile tragedies such as that of Baby P have acted as a deterrent for those who previously considered entering the profession. Another problem relates to accountability. While Cafcass determines that ‘all cases must be treated on their own merits’ this means that there can be a huge variation in practices both geographically and between officers.

While every individual has freedom of choice over their career, government initiatives have previously been shown to work in terms of improving a broader demographic in certain professions. In order to do this successfully within social work and in particular Cafcass, it is important to make the career more attractive to potential applicants. Reform of the system, better staff training, an implementation of firmer policies and an increase in understanding of cultural differences may all contribute towards a fairer system.

The Current Complaints System

Unless and until the system in its present state is reformed, those who come into contact with Cafcass must use the complaints system. Broadly this is as follows: in the first instance, you should make a complaint in writing to the Regional Complaints Manager in your area. If your complaint is considered to have merit, it will be ‘registered’. You will be given reasons if it is not registered. If this happens, you can ask for a review by a Regional Director (but you must do this within 10 working days). Again, if you are not happy, you can go to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, but you must do this through your Member of Parliament.

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CAFCASS made a false report back in 2009 and an apology letter was given, proof of which i still have. Once again in October 2015 a report was done in favour of the mother and my daughter who was in my care was taken from school by the mother as a result of a court order made based on the report written bt CAFCASS. No concerns which i raised were seriously mentioned in the report and they were not taken seriously. There were serious issues and all have been brushed away and not a single one was brought to the judges attention. This has now reached a level where i have absolutely no contact with my daughter and also the parties never attended court in April which means hearing was adjourned. Now the next hearing is in November. This is simply too far away and i'm not sure what to do. I should have got atleast an interim order but CAFCASS guardian appointed by a biased judge has messed things up and insists my daughter doesnt want to see me. This is a complete lie.
creambiscuits - 18-Jul-16 @ 10:42 AM
All these comments are exactly the same as what my son has gone through. His ex sociapathic wife has been believed false allegations lie after lie and about us as a family. Biased caffcass report court was a joke they do not have the child's best interest at heart it's all lies. He lost his home and everything she had planned all this a few months before he was arrested, as he was confronting her about stealing which she has been convicted of. She has even fooled the health professionals pulls the depression card out. She manipulates and controls the children and has a three persona, the wolf sheep and child so she can play the victim, she is a great actress. She loves drama and us out to discredit anyone who knows what she is one nasty piece of woman. Now it's a waiting game to see if she trips up herself whilst we pray that we will get to see my sons little boy. He practically brought him up they were inseparable she is one mean callous young woman .
Standing for truth - 2-Feb-16 @ 10:52 AM
P32gf - Your Question:
Cafcass have ruined any chance I have of seeing my son growing up. They got things so wrong. Their report and recommendations were a disgrace. They failed to understand, evaluate and look at the evidence in the case, opting to believe everything my ex partner told them and prepare a report that contradicted itself and seemed rush. It's awful that my sons mother was even consulted about the recommendations beforehand and interviewed three times to spin her deciptful lies where as I was seen just once and learnt of the content of the report after it had been finalised. There is a huge problem in the whole system, it seems perfectly acceptable to make false allegation after false allegation that when proven to be untrue has absolutely no repercussion. The accused on the other hand is constantly on the back foot and having to prove their innocence time and time again. My son is going to grow up without his father in his life, he has been turned against me which will possibly have a negative effect on his development and there is nothing I can do except hope that one day he will make his own mind up and we have a chance of rebuilding our relationship.

Our Response:
I am very sorry to hear this. You can complain via the link here . I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 26-Jan-16 @ 9:47 AM
Cafcass have ruined any chance I have of seeing my son growing up. They got things so wrong. Their report and recommendations were a disgrace. They failed to understand, evaluate and look at the evidence in the case, opting to believe everything my ex partner told them and prepare a report that contradicted itself and seemed rush. It's awful that my sons mother was even consulted about the recommendations beforehand and interviewed three times to spin her deciptful lies where as I was seen just once and learnt of the content of the report after it had been finalised. There is a huge problem in the whole system, it seems perfectly acceptable to make false allegation after false allegation that when proven to be untrue has absolutely no repercussion. The accused on the other hand is constantly on the back foot and having to prove their innocence time and time again. My son is going to grow up without his father in his life, he has been turned against me which will possibly have a negative effect on his development and there is nothing I can do except hope that one day he will make his own mind up and we have a chance of rebuilding our relationship.
P32gf - 26-Jan-16 @ 2:59 AM
All these comments and stories are exactly the same as my case.I had a perfect relationship with my daughter since she was born for just under 10 yrs.Put up with countless false alegations,lies,trouble making,getting me arrested for things i hadnt done and more by my ex.Finally sends her cowardly husband,his father and accomplice to my home to beat me up.And stopped me from seeing my daughter for no reason what so ever.Eventually take it to court and cut along story short,the cafcas absolutly RUIN my relationship with my little girl.3cafcas jobsworths Never listened to a word i said.Took all the lies my ex told.Suggezted i leave it a year.or right her letters and then refused to take the letters.Basically sided with my ex and i havnt seen my daughter for 4 years.Thanks Cafcas you are the worst Organisation concerning children.Absolute disgrace
kezza - 13-Nov-15 @ 9:42 PM
Djames - Your Question:
I have met my caffcass officer once and she has met my ex partner once,my ex made a lot of false accusations and it seems the caffcass officer took her side and was very off with me.since this first meeting over one year ago the caffcass officer has not turned up to court on two occasions and had not met my children once.after the first meeting she recommending I withdraw my application to see my children and start the process after a year.the judge did not agree with this after the first court hearing but still the caffcass officer did not turn up to court the second time.can anyone please tell me what the caffcass officer is expected to do and how they are meant to treat you as I feel I am getting nowhere and feel that the correct procedures have not been followed.please correct me if I am wrong but a report was made and recommendations which seemed extreme after just meeting me and my ex on one occasion and that's it,not turning up to court and niece meeting my children.thanks

Our Response:
You can complain via the link here. If you are not satisfied with the result of your complaint, you can take it to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, link here. I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 11-Nov-15 @ 1:59 PM
I have met my caffcass officer once and she has met my ex partner once,my ex made a lot of false accusations and it seems the caffcass officer took her side and was very off with me.since this first meeting over one year ago the caffcass officer has not turned up to court on two occasions and had not met my children once.after the first meeting she recommending I withdraw my application to see my children and start the process after a year.the judge did not agree with this after the first court hearing but still the caffcass officer did not turn up to court the second time.can anyone please tell me what the caffcass officer is expected to do and how they are meant to treat you as I feel I am getting nowhere and feel that the correct procedures have not been followed.please correct me if I am wrong but a report was made and recommendations which seemed extreme after just meeting me and my ex on one occasion and that's it,not turning up to court and niece meeting my children.thanks
Djames - 10-Nov-15 @ 5:10 PM
I had to go to court where sadly my bitter ex told loads of lies to cafcass and his solicitor. Cafcass didn't even contact me due to them getting my number off my ex and him giving them the wrong one. Didn't listen to anything I had to say even though I had evidence. And wouldn't talk to me as already sided with my son's dad and his lies and I was made out the bad one. Now its 50 50 care. With dad living in a shared house with 3 men and doesn't bother with our son. Constantly fobbing him off on other people in his care but the cafcass lady thought this was good. Waste of time and money and she has ruined mine and my sons life!!
terri - 7-Jul-15 @ 11:39 PM
Caffcass is a sad joketotally biased, a woman lies and has no evidence off wrong doing by my son caffcass when told the truth abouthis ex. ( Backed by proof) decided that he was just being vindictive ,isn't it a crime to help someone lie in court ?'s already cost him one and a half thousandpoundin solicitors and court fees and to take it any further would cost another three thousandtheir reportwas based on one phoneinterview and one brief visit something needs to be donebefore more dad's and children are separated
Nannan e. - 5-Jul-15 @ 10:30 PM
It's absolutely unbelievable reading these comments. My ex has tried every trick in the book to undermine the shared care our children have enjoyed since our separation. 4 years 5 judges and a Cafcass officer have all unilaterally agreed to continue this. Then my ex manages to get me arrested and claims i drink too much along comes Ms Wilkenson from Cafcass for a full section 7, no evidence, no facts children all happy what does she recommend. The father not to see the children at all during the week, other than one overnight for my middle son because it's apparently convenient for him to get to cricket. It's an absolute joke, and makes a mockery of Cafcass and our judicial system. When is this rediculous, bias system going to stop.
Paul - 31-Mar-15 @ 11:33 AM
@frustrated step mum - I have included a link here about its complaints procedure. You can follow the link here. I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 26-Jan-15 @ 2:34 PM
After 3 years of separation and both parties moving on, my fiances ex wife decided to breach the court order over christmas. On top of this and according to the children they have been told what to say to school. After speaking with the school and social services on numerous occassions we were comfortable in knowing the facts that there were no concerns at all despite he's exes accusations.We were confident that the cafcass report to court would show the same thing however after 10 mimutes on the phone with cafcass the Australian women on the other end cut off my partner whilst he was voicing hes genuine concerns and seemed absolutely uninterested in what he had to say, so today we receive her "report" which is completely biased and one sided towards the mother and I am furious.Cafcass is an absolute joke and these people should be prosecuted for perverting the course of justice.There is no evidence whatsoever however this lady claims he shouldn't see hes son and daughter. What cafcass fail to realise is that my fiance doesn't live alone, I am indeed here and also help loom after thr children so their biased and completely untrue report emotionally effects both of us. We have a court hearing next week and now I am very concerned. Cafcass claim to be there for both sides however they were rude unhelpful and by far wrong. I am more disgusted that women in this country can say and do as they please effectively abusing the children and then its a question why these children go on to go through the same thing in adulthood. It is beyond disgusting and if courts had any sense cafcass would not exist. If they truely had children's interests at heart then the reports would hold all reports by other agencies and not hold only what makes the mother look good. Moreso what are they thinking as any dad fighting for their rights will have all evidence anyway. My partner and I have a police information notice against hes ex for becoming violent. However not in report! But we of course have the evidence and that just goes ro show how biased and wrong this company is. I am beyond furious and cafcass are already paying thousands out because of their neglect to facts. How much more money do they need waste getting it WRONG!!!!
frustrated step mum - 24-Jan-15 @ 2:19 PM
My dealings with CAFCASS over the previous 4 years have been a truly mixed bag and my feeling towards them is ambivalent to say the least. The first appointed worker was very good indeed. He had a clear understanding of exactly what my ex-wife was trying to pull (lies, manipulation as well as attempting to have the Court staff collude in her grand schemes). After speaking to this said worker highlighting my concerns, showing text messages as well as hard-copy bona fide certificated proof of things he wished me good luck with my case. Since then, the women CAFCASS workers have been quite unhelpful bar one. They sided with my ex-wife thanks to her manipulation of schools and doctors as well as bringing in "unbiased witness reports" (from extended members of her family I will add). They have consistently ignored factual evidence in my case and whats more, two pieces of evidence in particular are so serious that if I as a Dad were to have done these things, I would guarantee that I would not see my child again. But apparently, to CAFCASS these are situations that just need to be "dealt with yourself in your own time" rather than viewing them for their true insidiousness and down right criminality. I've currently been awaiting a caseworker for the last 7weeks and there is still no sign at all of this being forthcoming despite having to request Court dates to be postponed (twice) in order to meet the courts directions. The next step will be a third Court order. After this I am expecting to be compensated for their negligence. I have read with interest a lot of the comments here concerning their bias towards Dads and can see it. They are totally incorrigible. Good luck to any Dads who have to have dealings with them.
YoRa - 15-Dec-14 @ 1:25 PM
@Happy - Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm glad your son got a good result. It's always nice to hear heart warming stories that can give hope to other dads in a similar position.
SeparatedDads - 24-Oct-14 @ 10:17 AM
My son was denied access to his child. After mediation failed he obtained a solicitor. His ex slang mud like no tomorrow and Cafcass were appointed. On reading how biased they were reported to be in favour of the mums, we felt deflated and thought we were not in a good position! How wrong we were. The wonderful lady was unbiased and supportive from start to finish. We got everything we wanted. The officer was only trully interested in the rights of the child. Thank you Cafcass.
Happy - 23-Oct-14 @ 5:38 PM
hi im writeing this on behalf of my partner his ex has stopped him seeing his son after 9 1/2 years without a problem and now she will not attend a mediation refuses to discuss the matter his son has a few probs he,s 10,suffers with asperges adhd is a highley emotional boy and adores his dad he,s like a different child when at home with his mum and her partner (he becomes withdrawn and often cries) i know he misses his dad very very much and his dad is devastated over the whole thing, she even refuses to give his dad his sons doctor name or his social workers name want let him attend any of his appointments the whole situation is destroying my partner( of 6 1/2 years ) and after speaking to a couple of close friends the idea that she could munchhaussen syndrome as she has always been an attention seeker has come upcan he by law have her tested for it ??? any advice wot he can to would be most gratefull thankyou, elaine
elaine - 3-Aug-14 @ 5:03 PM
After nearly 4 years of falling into a slow and crippling hell as Social Services heartlessly ripped apart a once happy and loving family, it is so relieving to finally find a site that HAS BEEN THERE...Thank you all for the respite...and gents, - stay strong.
davidbellpix - 4-Jun-14 @ 3:58 AM
When I read these letters I feel so sad for the Fathers, my son has been separated from his partner for 4 years, in all that time he has looked after his 3 girls many times to allow the mother to go off with her latest new boyfriend.She then moved a boyfriend in and he seems to have total control over my sons phone calls even recording them. My son asked for more visitation suddenly a letter from a solicitor appeared stating ( what rights and visits etc) he was allowed.He has always put the children first, caring and being there for them at any time.Suddenly after a telling off the eldest didn't want to see him anymore, he is unable to talk to her about it and when the boyfriend opens the door, he just says, your child does not want to see you. My son's ex will not talk to him at all or try to help this matter, which could be put right.I have read Child alienation syndrome and my goodness what they have listed has happened to my son, also I had a close relationship with my granddaughter and she has cut me off. It is heartbreaking he has to go to court, which could of been avoided if he could of had help from the mother, but her and her boyfriend want this new nice family for themselves and my son is not included. The boyfriend is not even allowed for some reason to see his children, so how can he let this happen to the girls Father. The mother works in the evenings and the girls are left in the charge of this man they cannot phone their Daddy at all and he monitors their calls, which now from an hour every evening are down to 20 mins, and not every night as before. Read every thing you can about the brainwashing of children and do not let it happen to you Fathers that are trying your best to be just good and loving Dads.
Edda - 4-Feb-14 @ 3:22 PM
There's going to be a evolution of children with no fathers! A child needs a Father! The child needs both! I had no father and I was a total mess as a young adult! World wake up! cafcass do your job and help fathers. Makes me laugh when you hear of some fathers having an aggressive attitude, we are full of testosterone its part of been a man it dont make us bad parents because we are passionate about fighting for our child's future!
mike - 12-Dec-13 @ 12:52 AM
Hi im just in the process of getting a residence order for my boy who's 8 I have intrum residence at the minute but cafcass are now involved and social services in back in court in 4 weeksy ex tryed to kill her self by overdose with my son and her 2 year old daughter in her house she was sectioned for 28 days in the hospital I have a letter from the head master of my sons school stating how good my son behaves when he lives with me and how bad he is when hes at hes mums can any one help me and tel me what caffcass are like and what the out come might be many thanks
ant - 17-Sep-13 @ 5:27 PM
Since I have come in to contact with caf cass I have not be happy with the cas worker at all as she has behaved in a biased towards me, they do not do thier job properly, they did not take in to account my childs whishes and ask my child about ther realationship downs and ups with the other parties involved, it was like they made thier desion and stuck to it without beliveing me or the 2nd partie or interview the child properly?am not happy and have made a formal complaint agaist the case worker, they make thier own accusations agaist you and belive what they want to belive and act one sided. not happy at all.if my daughter is a risk with me which I assure she is not then I welcome social service in my life everyday just to have my daughter by my side and not to bought up in someone elses hands. they supposed to help and advise familys NOT victimise and act basised and treat us like a criminal, and all my case was about was the father who has a temper and to do with domestic voilence?i am the childs mother and I am no risk to my child havent been with the father for 3yrs and because the other partie is lying about me to get my daughter they have sided with them? I have looked after my daughter for 11yrs and wish to continue to do so, disputing the case.
ess - 10-Feb-13 @ 1:57 PM
I think that you should have a much more balanced approach on your website. I know how difficult it is going through a seperation and how hard it is dealing with an aggressive, demanding and selfish partner. These are in the form of both mothers and fathers. CAFCASS have to have a level of qualification and experience to do their job. I guess if the decision had gone the other way it would be the other party who would be aggrieved.If CAFCASS were really that bad at making decisions they wouldn't be doing the job they are doing. Judges are no fools. Many of the Judges who sit in these cases have practiced as Barristers for both mothers and fathers so therefore cannot be hoodwinked by CAFCASS or parents. These Judges will have, on many occassions, challenged CAFCASS decisions on behalf of their client, mother or father. Having practiced in this way means that they know the process and can empathise with parents. Theirs and CAFCASS ultimate role is to make decisions on behalf of children. To see through the battle field and see the child and decide what is best for that child. There are always two sides to every story and parents as much as they love their children loose sight of them. They convince themselves that their exes are out to get them, out to control the way the children spend their time and out to punish the other by winning. CAFCASS and Judges see straight through this as they see the child not the parent. Contact is a right of the child not the parent. Reacting aggressively to criticism confirms that it is a battle ground. If you put your children first and stop arguing with your exes you will get alot further and your children will be happier.
PYCF - 4-Oct-12 @ 3:21 PM
HiI am not getting it? why are people waging war over who sould have the kids. The primary responsibility of a parent is to provide for their kids a peaceful, stable, secure and safe environment. Sometimes, what is required to make that happen is letting go. If your Ex believes that she can provide a better environment and future for them, let her have them. God is our parents and guardians, all of us. We can't even look after ourselves, let alone another person; we are just trying our best.I am taking my kids mother to Court for joint residency. But, I am not attached to the outcome. Whatever the decision will be, I will be at peace with it. What matters is that I will be at peace with myself, my conscience and my God.Looking after children is a heavy responsibility.Think about those who have no kids. They are not any unhappier than anyone else. In fact, they have more time and money to enjoy.Get yourself a life instead of this unnecessary fight. By all means, if the kids are at risk, you can say so through the Court and accept whaever the decision is. Always remember that, sooner or later, justice will prevail. Enjoy
Why? - 7-Sep-12 @ 7:33 PM
In my region CAFCASS work to a script based on assumptions. Are biased against the father and write reports to a single template. Their refusal to acknowledge the risks in my particular situation contributed to the murder of two of my children and the suicide of my ex. CAFCASS are powerful, incompetent and dangerous. Three years after I told them of the risks they have only just started to look into this. The deaths happened 18 months ago, I am starting to cope again, tho my life will never be the same. If anybody requires help or support or just to chat please contact me
nixter - 20-Jun-12 @ 1:25 PM
Cafcass were the biggest liars and were on par with my Ex, at first she was very good and listened to me, but that was all she did. This did not make its way into the reports and she was totally biased towards my Ex Cafcass took ages to respond to any emails or phone calls, when I phoned asking to talk to a sepcific senior manager I was tranferred to everyone and anyone but the Person who I had asked for. I was assigned a Service manager who was acting upto this position, and once I complained she tried to turn it back on me, I have since logged a formal complaint against that member of staff I raised concerns about the safety of my Son, but this was overlooked Do note, that in future years My son shall be advised and encouraged that he can Sue the Cafcass for what they have done
AR - 14-Jun-12 @ 5:25 PM
Where do you start,and how much do you write.My ex left me with four lovely children.Her and her partner (a woman) and all the family members told her you cant leave your children with him.her partner wants to take on the role of a dad,after stating many times when asked I WOULD NEVER HAVE CHILDREN OF MY OWN BECAUSE OF MY SEXUALITY, BECAUSE OF THE EMBARRESMENT AND STIGMA IT WOULD CAUSE FOR MY CHILDREN. She has no problem doing it to my children.After a heated conversation with my elders daughter in june 2010.explaining to her that her mother has chosen her new partner over her (this was the 6 times her mother had done this)My daughter taped me and it ended up (10 DAYS LATER) With a health visitor who made a urgent referal to the social services (TOOK 10 DAYS TO GET THERE) The health visitors account is all lies.when my ex was away, my two youngest daughters asked if they could phone thier mother to see when they could go with her.Thier mother said to me, dont get the girls to phone me and ask to come with me on the days i dont have them, stop trying to mess up my new relationship.The girls where taken off me and given to thier mother on the advice of the cafcass officer and he said i must have suppervised visits.he came to this decision with out any contact with me.and was told in a strategy discussion on the16/07/2010 that the children where not at risk with me.(july 2010)In sep 2010 (wed 1 sep) me my ex and my youngest went out for the day and we had a very nice day.on the day me and my partner talked about the way things where and we agreed on many things.She said before you have to see the children in a contact centre i will come with you.When she got home she phoned me and said they are all in my house giving me grieave because iv been with you. Her mother then phoned cafcass and he got me back in court on fri 3rd of sep for breaking a court order.(FOR THE RECORD MY EX DID NOT SAY THE TRUTH IN COURT ABOUT OUR DAY OUT)and has done so on many occasions( when i asked him about it he said (imatirial if the court order is right or wrong its a court order) his two bosses (WHICH WHERE WOMEN) said it does not matter about the court order you and your ex going out for the day with one of the children has to be a way foward.If the cafcass officer had looked at the situation logicly and asked all involed me my partner and the children(NO THIRD PARTY INVOLEMENT AS THE JUDGE SAID ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION) Which he did not do. My partner and i would have made our own arragements about our children.Now 18 months later no contact (when i do i have to pay £40 per hr to see my own children) and to rub my nose in it. Her lesbian partner has more rights to be with my children than me.At least 12 court appearancesmore than 6 caffcass reports. the last report wrote by the cafcass officer.on 12/01/2012 he says in it qoute (i firmly beileve that cafcass and,indeed the court has no further role to play at this time)and such contact as can be agreed betwee
no justice - 25-Jan-12 @ 3:19 PM
I'm still waiting to complete my initial phone interview prior to directions hearing. Officer told me she had to go to another meeting and didn't have time. She suggested we reconvene and finish the following week.Never heard anything and when I tried calling (3 or 4 times) I ended up getting an angry call from service manager telling me that the officer's involvement had ended!! Next thing I know is Cafcass writing to court asking for a prohibited steps order as ex had called them and made false allegations. Judge went against cafcass proposals for all contact to stop, so I guess I was lucky!!??
Charlie - 27-Oct-11 @ 6:27 PM
I had my 1st court date on the 4th of October after waiting a shocking 8 months to get it there, I was happy with the date though as it was 6 days before my lads 1st birthday on the 10/10 & thought now its in court at least I would get to see him on his birthday ~ well thats until the caffcass woman got involved who has said I can have 0 contact until she has got her finger out and finished her reports.
higgins - 9-Oct-11 @ 1:10 PM
My daughters ex partner who is a drug addict and dealer approached cafcass to obtain visits to see my two grandaughters age 4 and 2, the fIrst visit was supervised by a cafcass member in a room with toys, my 4 year old grandaughter went in the room as she remembers her dad but two year old wouldnt as he left home when she was 3 months old, on the second visit the cafcass member basically stood in front of me and ushered both the children into a room full of toys and shut the door in my face telling me to wait in another room for half an hour, my youngest grandaughter played with toys for almost half an hour then came out of the room. I told the cafcass person she was out of order and unproffessional to which she commented not the time or place, she has sided with my daughters ex all along whatever he has done and with evidence, I as a grandmother am concerned for the safety of my grandchildren if he ever gets unsupervised access, what can I do to prevent this, concerned grandmother.
lou - 10-Sep-11 @ 2:29 PM
Cafcass should be shut down or re-form. The way the system works, they do NOT reconise the childs best interests at all when it comes to good fathers trying to jump though every hoop he's told, and still only gets to see thier child limited time, once a fornight is not goood enough, what about the dads side of the family who the child has a right to know? My cafcass worker has had 18 days leave the day after the last court hearing and im still left in the dark about what the next steps are. Goverment should listen this is not working.
ravinbaby - 29-Jun-11 @ 1:51 PM
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