Updated social work evidence templates issued

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.


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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Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).