Updated social work evidence templates issued

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.

Amendments

The review of the templates and supporting documents undertaken by ADCS and Cafcass has resulted in:

  • the accompanying guidance being simplified and incorporated into the templates
  • the templates themselves being simplified
  • the final analysis template now using the same headings as the basic template
  • the two relevant welfare checklists being incorporated for ease of reference

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.

Twitter: @GeraldineMorris

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