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The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have launched updated templates for local authority social workers to use when submitting evidence to support an application for a care or supervision order to the courts. The new templates should be used in new cases from Monday 29 February 2016 onwards.
The original social work evidence templates were introduced in the summer of 2014 with the aim of providing consistent, more analytically focused reports to the courts. They were designed to complement other standardised forms required by the Public Law Outline 2014. A growing number of local Family Justice Boards and local authorities now require the templates to be used.
The review of the templates and supporting documents undertaken by ADCS and Cafcass has resulted in:
The social work evidence templates continue to be endorsed by Sir James Munby, President of The Family Division, ADCS and Cafcass.
Further information can be found via the ADCS website, and the templates accessed here:
Social Work Evidence Template
Social Work Evidence Template — Final Statement
Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and Head of LexisPSL Family.
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