CAFCASS interview recording policy

J Erasmus made this Freedom of Information request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service did not have the information requested.

From: J Erasmus

2 November 2012

Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

You recently stated in a reply to a question on what your interview
recording policies are that "a practitioner may refuse a request
because it can inhibit frank discussion, and such recording is not
always entirely reliable."

Could you please elaborate exactly what you mean by this statement
as I do not understand. On what grounds could it inhibit frank
discussion, and how could the recording not always be reliable? If
you could state specifics it would be greatly appreciated, as that
statement is very vague and gives no specific reason for a CAFCASS
practitioner to deny a request for interviews to be recorded.

Yours faithfully,

J Erasmus

Link to this

From: Governance - Cafcass
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

2 November 2012

Dear J. Erasmus
Re Frank discussion: The main reason why practitioners object to the tape recording of interviews with service users is because practitioners believe that the tenor of the interview can be altered.

If you have a query about your own individual case please do contact your practitioner directly.
Regards
Governance Team
Cafcass.

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: J Erasmus

2 November 2012

Dear Governance - Cafcass,

Thank you for the reply. Glad you pointed out the main reason, but
myself and many other parents would still like to know what other
reasons / grounds a CAFCASS practitioner could have to object to
interviews being recorded. I`m sure you are aware that many parents
have spoken publicly and written online in several blogs and on
forums about certain CAFCASS practitioners not reporting truthfully
on what was said in interviews with children, and what the
children`s wishes are. We all need clarification on EXACTLY what
grounds a CAFCASS practiotioner could object to an interview being
recorded, as the CAFCASS reports to the courts are seen as pivotal
evidence when cases are being heard so I`m sure you can agree that
they have to be truthful.

Yours sincerely,

J Erasmus

Link to this

From: Governance - Cafcass
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

5 November 2012

Dear Mr Erasmus
I must refer you to the response provided in the FOI response: Cafcass does not have a specific policy on the recording of interviews.
Specific reasons for the Practitioner objecting to tape-recording an interview will be specific to each case.
Cafcass has no additional information to provide.

Regards
Governance Team
Cafcass

show quoted sections

Link to this

From: J Erasmus

5 November 2012

Dear Governance - Cafcass,

Thanks for clearing that up. Seeing as you do not have any policy
regarding requests for the recording of interviews and can not
elaborate on the vague answers you gave, it is clear that if such
requests were denied it would be against the child`s Human Rights,
and the reason for the denial would have to be fully justified in
writing as instructed to me by a QC. Further to this, seeing as it
would be against the child`s Human Rights and also against CAFCASSs
own policies to protect these rights, the fact that CAFCASS has no
set policy/ies for preactitioners to follow regarding the
objection/denial against interviews with children being recorded, I
see no reason whatsoever why a CAFCASS practitioner would have ANY
right or reason to object against interviews being recorded in any
circumstances. Why try and hide from the truth in the first place!
Surely no CAFCASS practitioner would ever say or ask anything in an
interview with a child that could be seen as inappropriate by the
child`s parent/s or anybody else.

Thank you once again for clearing that up, I will be showing your
reponse to the CAFCASS paractitioner dealing with my child should
she deny or object to a request for future interviews to be
recorded.

Yours sincerely,

J Erasmus

Link to this

Things to do with this request

Anyone:
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service only:

Follow this request

There are 2 people following this request

Offensive? Unsuitable?

Requests for personal information and vexatious requests are not considered valid for FOI purposes (read more).

If you believe this request is not suitable, you can report it for attention by the site administrators

Report this request

Act on what you've learnt

Similar requests

More similar requests

Event history details

Are you the owner of any commercial copyright on this page?