Child impact assessment framework (CIAF) Scrutiny: Fit or unfit for purpose ?

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

APA : guide to DSM -5
Guidance on (persons) reporting mental health issues about another person:

When reporting a mental health matter the reporter i.e the FCA guidelines outline that the reporter should ask themselves :

1. “What is your sources i.e evidence of mental health issues i.e who is telling the you about a persons mental health condition

2. Guidelines outline that when reporting on a mental health issue:
“ Don’t rely on hearsay to report that a person has a mental illness”

3. Guidelines outline “Ensure you ( the reporter) are talking to a ‘Mental Health Professional”

These guidelines advise this in order that a person cannot make “unsubstantiated claims” about a persons mental health status maliciously.

These guidelines form the basis of this freedom of information request

Please supply me with the following information under FOIA:

1. Please supply the information in your CIAF guidelines/ policies & procedures that shows the FCA ensures they“talk to mental health professionals” where the FCA is “identifying risk: mental ill health and does not rely on hearsay of another unqualified party.

2. It appears Cafcass FCA’s do ‘rely on hearsay’ :
“Identifying risk: mental health. Cafcass do in fact rely on hearsay asking both the applicant and the respondent about concerns they have if either parties mental health therefore what guidelines do Cafcass rely on to do so and which Mental health experts in the field have scrutinised this part of Cafcass practice ? Please supply all external Mental health specialists who have scrutinised Cafcass working in this way ?

3. When the FCA relies on hearsay of the other party what tool does Cafcass apply to obtain Mental health specialist facts ? As it is clearly in the child’s best interest to have a “professional mental health report for the child’s best interest and of course safety.

4. Please supply the guidelines that demonstrate how the FCA reports a persons Mental Health condition “accurately” so that it is in line with their medical case notes which is of course evidence.

5. Is hearsay of the other party ethical ? Please supply information as to how the FCA effectively identifies the veracity of any party making claims about the other parties mental health condition ?

6. What “sources” do Cafcass require their FCA’s to rely upon for reporting to the courts about a persons mental heath condition ?

7. Please supply information in your child assessment impact framework that demonstrates the FCA obtains a “Mental health specialist report” after the hearsay of one of the parties I.e how is the hearsay evidenced by your FCA ?

Yours faithfully,

[Name Removed]

Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Soeder,

 

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