Police Checks in Private Law proceedings
Philip J Measures made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,
Please advise what are the Mandatory Police and other agency Checks required to be carried out in all Private Law Proceedings.
Are these Checks carried out on both Applicants and Respondents?
Are these Checks also carried out on all resident partners of both Applicants and Respondents plus other adult family members - and if not, why not?
What authorisations are required by all non-applicants - and are they advised of the checks that are being carried out on them?
Philip J Measures
Dear Jassal, Jasvinder - Cafcass,
I do not find that this response addresses the issue about non-Respondents / non-parties in Private Law Proceedings.
What are the criteria for carrying out checks in respect of such persons and is their specific and informed agreement either sought or required?
Philip J Measures
Dear Mr Measures
within the Safeguarding framework on Page 64 the following is stated:
Wider, repeat and further checks
4.3.10 Judgment should be made by the practitioner, once the
case is allocated, as to whether to undertake wider checks i.e. of
agencies other than those cited above. This might include probation,
health, schools, voluntary organisations etc. The consent of the person(s)
concerned should be obtained unless a court direction has been obtained.
If you have any specific concerns to your individual case, please contact
the relevant service manager directly.
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