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Cafcass safeguarding interview

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1 year 8 months ago #506400 by MissingMySon2009
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I have a Cafcass safeguarding interview tomorrow, 30 minutes on the telephone. Is there a set format for these?

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1 year 7 months ago #506415 by Cheesestring
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There's no set format, they ask lots of questions and they record everything you say. Be very open and honest, tell them what they need to know. My phone call lasted about 20 minutes. Good luck!

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1 year 7 months ago #506416 by MissingMySon2009
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Did not go well.

The note from Children's Services mentioned nothing abut them thinking that the mum is manipulating the child to not come to my home. This really is critical, as once Children's Services spoke to mum and warned her about her conduct, all contact with me stopped.

For most of the 50 minute interview the Cafcass was saying that it seems like a simple disagreement about contact. That I need to consider agreeing to something at mediation to spare child from the pain of a section 7 report. Implying that even no contact is acceptable if it spares the child.

It's only at the end of the interview, when I explained that child has, overnight, decided that he wants no contact with *any* friends and family from my home, and that he will not even visit my home after 50-50 for his whole life, that the tone from the Cafcass seemed to change. She paused, then said that he has rejected my family, friends, and home.

Quite deflated. I was so thrown by the omission by Children's Services that I don't feel that I did a good job of setting out my concerns. I was going to send Cafcass four bullet points summarising my concerns. Would that be acceptable? She hasn't asked for it.

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1 year 7 months ago #506419 by Cheesestring
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How old is your child?
Have CAFCASS spoken to your child themselves?
Will they be speaking to him/her?

I'm currently going through the court process for cao, it's expensive, long and tbh I'm bored. My children are happy and doing well and that's all that matters.

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1 year 7 months ago #506421 by MissingMySon2009
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10 years.

Not spoken to child yet. Not had first hearing yet, and they would need an order to do that.

I don't think he is happy. CS have already said they think he is being manipulated. Overnight he has rejected everything at my home, all friends and family.

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1 year 7 months ago #506422 by Cheesestring
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If CS are aware of the manipulation then that's a good thing. I'm sure it will be mentioned in the letter sent to both parties and the court.

My advise would be to keep CAFCASS on your side, you may not like what they say/write but they hold a lot of weight in court.

If you had 50/50 then courts will put that in the order, if your ex breaches it keep highlighting it to the courts/cafcass/Cs.

Do you have a solicitor advising you? Definitely use this website for help and advise its great.

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1 year 7 months ago #506427 by MissingMySon2009
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That's the problem: CS did not put it in their letter to Cafcass, so Cafcass won't put it in their letter to the Court and both parties.


50-50 was under a court order already. My application was for enforcement of the existing 50-50 order as my ex breeched it. The other side has responded with an application for the existing order to be varied to indirect contact only.

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