child protection

Domestic abuse: How ONRECORD helps you prove it and how CAFCASS assess it 

Use ONRECORD to prove domestic abuse How ONRECORD helps you gather evidence proving domestic abuse and how to understand CAFCASS domestic abuse assessments. Domestic abuse almost invariably occurs in private, so…
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Giving a voice to those who are not heard

The ONRECORD app, by storing good quality and detailed evidence online, which can be securely shared with  professionals, provides the best opportunity for anyone to penetrate the resistance to them being heard.  There are plenty of powerful figures, such as those suppressing the information about child abuse on the British mainland and the Channel Islands, who will try to silence victims.  In the end, though, being able to present your evidence clearly and share it securely is the most effective way of ensuring that cover-ups are uncovered and the guilty face justice.

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How to represent yourself in the family court 

When you represent yourself in a contested family case, in other words without a lawyer, you are a ‘litigant in person’ (LIP).  It’s a daunting experience and the best way to cope is to understand what’s going to happen, who is going to do what, what issues are going to be seen as important and what will not be seen as important, get good advice and be organised and make sure you do what’s necessary. 

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CAFCASS Assessments: Parental Alienation

As part of their Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF), CAFCASS have guidance on how to assess families and how they work with children where there is parental alienation.

The links in this blog will show you exactly what the Family Court Adviser (FCA) will use to assess or analyse your family and you can see exactly what CAFCASS thinks is useful.  FCAs are expected to follow these processes although they do have discretion in how they conduct their assessments.

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CAFCASS Assessments: The Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF)

The Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF) sets out how CAFCASS think children experience parental separation, how the child’s reaction can be understood and what should be done. The framework consists of four guides which Cafcass practitioners can use to assess different types of problem, known as ‘case factors’.

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CAFCASS interventions/assessments: The Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme (DAPP)

If you’re being assessed by CAFCASS, we’d love to hear what it’s like for you.
The DAPP is run for CAFCASS by independent providers (see the Directory of Providers).  It aims to help people who have been abusive towards their partners or ex-partners to change their behaviour and develop respectful, non-abusive relationships. CAFCASS says that a DAPP can make an important difference to the lives of those involved, including the children but it can be challenging.  The court’s decisions about contact will be based on the progress made in the programme.

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