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Should I complain about the Cafcass officer?

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24 Jul 12 #345095 by u6c00
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I have read over the report a number of times now and here''s the issue (child referred to as A):

The report says that my ex has stated that A does not wish to see me. A therefore does not have any strong attachment to me. His wishes and feelings are for no contact.

Now the Cafcass officer hasn''t actually met A. All she is doing is parroting what my ex has said A''s wishes are. Cafcass officer has then written 3 paragraphs of the report all about A''s wishes.

I know that complaining about a Cafcass officer is both difficult and often futile, but is it better to complain directly to Cafcass or to wait until the court hearing and ''complain'' via cross-examination? The information on the FNF web site is confusing because there doesn''t seem to be a ''right way'' to deal with problems with Cafcass.

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24 Jul 12 #345115 by jslgb
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Instead of going down the complaints route can you not contact CAFCASS and ask what the procedures are with children''s wishes and feelings? Also, your child is quite young if i remember rightly and so really his wishes and feelings shouldnt be taken into account anyway as he is very impressionable.

Is your ex trying to stop contact? I would definitely flag it up but perhaps as a ''i dont really understand'' matter rather than a complaint and see what information you can get going down that route before you begin to make complaints.

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24 Jul 12 #345126 by u6c00
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thank you for your reply. This in relation to my step son. He is 7, almost 8.

I don''t really want to get into formal complaints and things, but it just seems inappropriate to factor a large chunk of the report on the wishes and feelings of a child who has not actually expressed his wishes and feelings.

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24 Jul 12 #345127 by Fiona
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Generally there is no point complaining directly to CAFCASS. Reports contain lots of bits and pieces and there is no strict format. One bit just documents what both parents said and there should be no assumption whether or not the reporter was told the truth. IT isn''t possible to complain about the reporter documenting what your ex chose to share.

Other bits document the CAFCASS officers'' conclusions and the reasoning behind those conclusions.The only bits you can complain about are errors of fact or law where the CAFCASS officer has asserted a certain point to underline their conclusion, but the point of law concerned is wrong. The place to raise this is in court and a lawyer with experience of cross-examination is in the best position will handle this for you.

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24 Jul 12 #345129 by u6c00
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Thank you both. I''ll save it for the hearing then.

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