Reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989
Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989

The following Family guidance note Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989
  • Is a section 7 report necessary?
  • When should the court order a section 7 report?
  • Who prepares a section 7 report and what does it cover?
  • Cafcass guidance
  • What are the duties of children and family reporters ?
  • Expressing the child’s wishes and feelings
  • Attendance of CFR at court and recommendations of a report
  • The report
  • Confidentiality of a section 7 report

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription).

With particular regard to private law children proceedings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidance has been released by the President, Cafcass and  Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), for full details see Practice Note: Child Arrangements Programme—the procedure for section 8 applications—The procedure for section 8 applications—COVID-19. Note that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) issued guidance which addresses some of the concerns regarding children and families who may be affected by coronavirus (COVID-19): COVID-19 guidance for children and families. The guidance includes advice on effective co-parenting and child arrangements, Cafcass’s remote working, and the impact on contact centres and court appearances. Cafcass says that this guidance will be updated regularly. Cafcass published a further protocol on 1