A s7 report is the standard welfare report. There is no set format but usually the CAFCASS officer will carry out a criminal records check and contact health visitors or school to see if there are any concerns about the child. The officer speaks with parents separately to gather background information, and they may ascertain the views of children. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations made.
As usual the important thing is not to get bogged down with the issues between parents when you speak to the officer and remain polite and child focused.
In your CAFCASS interview only talk about your child(ren). Concentrate on them. When the CAFCASS lady asks you about anything to do with your ex. Be brief and polite then bring it back to your relationship with your children. eg "I am aware of XXX''s allegations. I do not agree with them and that is a matter for the court to decide. I just want to concentrate on my child(ren) and just make sure I am there for them..."
They sneakily look for animosity towards partner. My ex fell for the bait and CAFCASS called for a fact finding. I had actually told the CAFCASS lady that I understnad she is doing her job and that she is looking after my childs best intrests and that i will work with her positively. I told her I knew it would take a long time, but i will get there in the end. Its a process and I will follow it. She was very appreciative. Be aware - i was actually being honest with her. Its been a long time but it has paid dividends.
On that notification I can further update the whole situation due to a letter received today from solicitor to let me know ex is moving mid July to a different area when it is currently in place for a CAFFCAS officer to visit betwen now and September in which is now going to be delayed along with getting my son established with a new school, friends, social worker and contact centre which provides assisted contact where at present I have found no such offer in the area. Due to my son only being 6 and having everything aimed at me in the past I have decided to put in a PSO to stop the move as it is only my ex''s partners best intrest to be closer to his family. However my solictor does not think it will be sanctioned but I think why not what is the point of it being possible if I do not stand a chance. Anyway it''s done now. Fingers crossed "not".