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 practice 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
  • Child impact assessment framework
  • Cafcass guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children
  • 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
  • More...

Reports under section 7 of the Children Act 1989

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 in November 2020 which outlines how arrangements are to be made for social workers to see children and families, work in the Cafcass offices and attend court during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Organisational Guidance on Working with Children through Covid-19. This guidance replaces the Covid-19 protocols which were published by Cafcass in July and summarises Cafcass’

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