Alastair Patterson made this Freedom of Information request to Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service
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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,
A recent seminar on parental alienation chaired by Mr Justice Coleridge,reported
"There was of course a resistance to what was a really interesting and positive event, where the issue of parental alienation felt accepted and acknowledged and we were able to think about the issues in a supportive environment. The resistence came, as it often does, in the guise of CAFCASS, this time the Chair of CAFCASS Baroness Tyler who when challenged about the lack of training and awareness and the unskilled approach used by Family Court Practitioners told us that it is not the case that CAFCASS do not understand this issue, in fact it is the case that there are far more residence orders given to fathers these days and CAFCASS recommend residence orders for fathers and mothers on a more or less equal basis."
Given that in FOIs,
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ch..., CAFCASS concedes not to maintain data on information sharing in child protection, and in
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ca..., where CAFCASS concedes not to maintain data on if it has "kept the child in focus", within family proceedings.
Please can you supply :
1) all documentation, or reference to the same, of the CAFCASS system from which the Chair of CAFCASS could so confidently report that,
"CAFCASS recommend residence orders for fathers and mothers on a more or less equal basis";
2) all documentation, or reference to the same, of the CAFCASS system from which the Chair of CAFCASS could, without knowing how many children were actually seen in the course of family proceedings, so confidently conclude that,
"it is not the case that CAFCASS do not understand this [parental alienation] issue,";
3) a specification of the data that is available under the systems mentioned in 1) and 2) previously.
Mr Justice Coleridge clearly was champing at the bit to answer the Lord Chief Justice's clarion call for cultural change in the practice of family law, as I am sure that we all are.
I am acting on behalf of a group of vulnerable adults most of whom are functionally illiterate. Most are supremely ill equipped to wrestle with the avalanche of bureaucracy that governs their lives, identified by Professor Munro in her review of child protection.
I trust that CAFCASS will not regard these requests to come from a single veracious source as we work to transform family justice.
Dear Mr Patterson,
Please find acknowledgement of your recent request for information attached.
Dear Governance - Cafcass,
The response to my request has been delayed. By law, the authority should normally have responded promptly and by 10 September 2012
Dear Mr Patterson.
My apologies for the delay. There appears to have been a mix-up on the date of reply.
Please find atatched a response to your request.