Cafcass Section 7 Report
example for demonstration purposes only
Date of Application: XX/XX/XXXX
Court: Standford - Family Court
Court Case Number: ST12345678
Cafcass ECMS Number: 1234
Application Type: CAO (To
determine the time the children are to spend with
Hearing Type: Dispute Resolution
Hearing Date: xx/xx/xx
Cafcass Family Court Adviser:
Office Address: Ground Floor
Date Report Completed: XX/XX/XX
Filing Date: XX/XX/XX
Childs solicitor (where
Details of any current orders :
Issues / Summary
1. Janet WALTERS (DOB 13/01/09)
David WALTERS (DOB 25/03/14), are the only
children of John and Samantha WALTERS.
On the xx/xx/xx, Mr Walters made a
Child Arrangements Order. The order was for the
children to live with the mother and to determine
time spent with him.
At the time of making the order,
Mr WALTERS had no contact with the children for 3
weeks. It was only after 6 weeks at the First
Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, that
contact was re-established, with the children
spending time with him for 4 hours every
Saturday, unsupervised between 10am - 2pm.
At the time of the First Hearing
Dispute Resolution Appointment, Mr WALTERS was
living with his parents. The size of the property
made it impractical to initiate overnight
contact. Mr WALTERS has since moved into a 2
bedfroom appartement that he rents.
Both children have been subject to
Child in Need Plans. Allegations of ongoing
domestic abuse was made by Mrs WALTERS for the
period 6 months prior to the break up of the
relationship. The police investigated a report
that Mr WALTERS had pushed and slapped Mrs
WALTERS across the back of the head during an
argument. No further action was taken by the
police, but due to the previous and ongoing
hostilities between the parties, Children
Services determined that the children were at
risk of exposure to emotional harm by both
On the XX/XX/XX both children came
off the CIN Plan as the parties had separated and
had completed the actions within the action plan.
At the last hearing CAFCASS were
asked to provide a Section 7 / Impact Assessment
Report to determine :
How often and for how long
the children should see their father and how such
arrangements for contact should be progressed,
including stepped contact with a view to a final
order if possible.
Whether or not the
childrens physical, emotional, education
needs are being met by the mother and father.
Whether or not it appears
that the children have suffered or are at risk of
suffering harm as a result of any continued
acrimony between the parties.
In preparing this report I have :
a) read the Cafcass electronic
files in this matter including the safeguarding
letter dated XX/XX/XX;
b) Interviewed Mrs WALTERS on the
c) Interviewed Mr WALTERS on the
d) Observed contact between Mr
WALTERS and the children on the xx/xx/xx
e) Reviewed the police reports.
f) Reviewed the Children In Need Casefile
g) Contacted the nursery and
school for reports.
I have not spoken to the children
as David is too young, and Janet has previously
been spoken to by Children Services and I have
relied on their reports. I determined that it
would not be in the best interests for the
children to be questioned again by profesionals.
The notes clearly reflect a
deterioration of the relationship over the last 6
months, leading to numerous arguments between the
parties which were often within the sight and
hearing of the children.
Children Services took the
position that both parents were behaving equally
inappropriately and were ptentially causing
emotional harm to the children. Subject to the
intervention of a Child in Need Plan and Mr
WALTERS leaving the marital home, these
occurances have stopped. On completion of the
Child in Needs action plan, the children have
been removed from Child Services fututre
I have spoken to both parents
about their responsibilities in needing to place
the needs of the children first.
Mrs WALTERS continues to make
allegations that Mr WALTERS lacks the ability to
parent effectively. She states that he is
'controlling' and 'manipulative' and lacks the
capacity to provide care and emotional warmth.
Mrs Walters has raised concerns that Janet
returns from contact with bruises on her legs,
head and arms. Mrs WALTERS maintains that Mr
Walters slapped her accross the back of the head
and states that he has anger issues and
represents a danger of physical harm to the
On speaking to Mrs WALTERS, I am
concerned that she is not moving forward and
putting the past behind her in the best
interestrs of the children. She needs tro
understand the importance of of building a
positive co-parenting relationship with Mr
On interviewing Mr WALTERS, he
accepts that the relationship became toxic and
hostile. He states that this was 'both ways' and
states that he accepts his responsibility in the
concerns raised by Children Services. He states
that he is moving on with his life and that there
is no likelihood of the arguments continuing as
they are now separated.
Both parents now communicate with
a 'hand over' book and a designated e-mail soley
for the purpose of Child Arrangement contact.
I observed Mr WALTERS during a
contact session with the children in the park.
His play was age appropriate. He was 'physical'
in his play with both children and I observed
Janet falling over several times during
play. I am satisfied that this is the cause of
any bruises that have arisen from nothing more
than robust play.
My conclusions are that Mr WALTERS
and Mrs WALTERS have demonstrated a parenting
capacity that is 'good enough' which is
reinforced by the removal of the Child In Need
Plans. Apart from any continued hostilities,
neither parent represents a significant risk of
harm to the children.
Mr WALTERS is seeking what may be
considered a standard contact arrangement of :
weekend from Friday to Sunday.
alternate contact Wednesday to Thursday on the
week that there is no weekend contact.
Half of all
holidays including half terms, CHristmas, Easter
Indirect contct of
a phone call once a week.
Direct contact on
special occasions such as birthdays and Father's
contact is increased at the next hearing to an
overnight contact every 2 weeks from Friday after
nursery / school to Saturday.
That at a Final
Hearing a stepped order is considered to increase
contact to 2 nights every other weekend, with a
progression to introducing the alternate mid week
overnight stay. For shared holiday contact to be
included shortly after.
For both parents
to attend the Separated Parents Information
For both parents
to attend the Tripple P : Positive Parenting