Children’s court advisory service Cafcass launches new video
Cafcass (the main court advisory service on children cases) recently launched a new animated video, ‘Taking me seriously: letting you know how we help’, aimed at children and young people involved in family court proceedings.
The new video has been developed in collaboration with members of the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) – children and young people with direct experience of family court proceedings – and explains how CAFCASS helps children and young people involved in the family court. It features animated avatars and voices of FJYPB members sharing their recollections of how being involved in court proceedings made them feel.
It also explains how Cafcass social workers help children understand what is happening in family proceedings, the help children will receive to understand what will be recommended to the court, as well as positive experiences about having a voice that is heard in the process.
Cafcass Chief Executive, Jacky Tiotto, said:
“Despite all the challenges that persist in the family justice system, we are determined to keep doing more and better for children and their families during a very difficult and frightening time in their lives. Explaining how we are intending to make further improvements and why, is a really important part of our ambition as a partner in this system. I want us to excite everyone and to ask every day what more can we do, and to be brave and energetic in doing those things. The video series – Taking me seriously – is just the start and it’s brilliant! …”
More information, and the video, can be accessed here.
Amanda Erskine is a solicitor in the Family department at Barker Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich.