Joint Research with Women's Aid into Allegations of Domestic Abuse in the Family Court

Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

In the Panel Discussion Report from your Cafcass Open Board Meeting 27th January 2017 (https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/media/304301/... in the section entitled "2. Joint research" you say that Cafcass is undertaking joint research with Women's Aid to better understand what is happening where there are allegations of domestic violence in family court cases about child contact. Please provide me with the following information:
1) What is the exact brief of the research?
2) What criteria will be used to select the cases for the research?
3) Who are the members of the research team?
4) What are the academic qualifications of the researchers?
5) How much funding is Cafcass providing for this research?
6) Is any funding being provided to Women's Aid, if so, how much?
7) Will any Cafcass staff be involved in the research and in what capacity?
8) What is the definition of domestic violence to be used in the research to identify allegations?
9) Is the research also looking at false allegations of domestic abuse?
10) How will the researchers identify and report cases of false allegations of domestic abuse?

Yours faithfully,

B Maloney

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear B Maloney,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept this as a formal acknowledgement of your Freedom of
Information request which was received on 16 June 2017. Your reference
number is CAF 17-74.

 

We aim to respond to you promptly, and at the latest 20 working days from
receipt of your request. You will therefore receive a response on or
before 13 July 2017.

 

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G. Harrison left an annotation ()

It is interesting to note that Cafcass have invited Women's Aid to a joint research project on Domestic Abuse in the Family Court. There is an interesting counter point to Women's Aid's latest "research" here:

"...the initial motivation for this review, is to provide a response to the recent Women’s Aid report “Child First: Nineteen Child Homicides“. This report is discussed further in the text below. In brief it trawled 10 years of SCR data in order to identify a carefully selected dozen cases of men killing their children whilst on ‘contact’ visits. These carefully selected cases are used in Nineteen Child Homicides to spuriously justify calls for further restrictions on fathers being granted contact with their children. This Women’s Aid report is staggeringly dishonest"

https://honest-ribbon.org/domestic-viole...

Dave Darby left an annotation ()

Totally agree with G.Harrison in that Women's Aid report is dishonest. In fact, the whole Women's Aid organisation is, on a whole, dishonest and quite frankly, far fetched. It is an organisation that ignores the real statistics of domestic violence. Stats that clearly indicate that the ratio of male and female perpetrators is a damn sight closer than Women's Aid and Refuge, will ever admit. Such figures have been obtained by myself and are available on this website in my requests from Police forces across the UK.

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear B Maloney,

 

Thank you for your email. Please find attached our response to your
Freedom of Information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service's handling of my FOI request 'Joint Research with Women's Aid into Allegations of Domestic Abuse in the Family Court'.

Cafcass has published the fact they are conducting joint research with Women's Aid. Women's has an agenda of denying father's contact with their children where there is domestic violence as has been widely publicized in their "Child First" campaign and "19 child homicides" report which carefully selected cases to support their agenda.

Cafcass is a public authority with a public sector duty of equality under the Equality Act. How can the public have confidence in research undertaken by Cafcass in conjunction with such a biassed organisaiton as Women's Aid when they will not reveal the terms of reference or methods of the so called research?

I believe the public interest outweighs the exemption that Cafcass claims in a case where children's futures are at stake and public money is being spent.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j...

Yours faithfully,

B Maloney

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear  B Maloney,

 

Thank you for your email which let us know that you were unhappy with the
decision made in the FOI response CAF17-74 and requested a review of the
decision.

 

This email serves to acknowledge that your request was received on 11 July
2017 and will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

A Senior Officer who was not party to the original decision on whether to
release the information will conduct the internal review. An internal
review involves a review of the decision on disclosure in the original
response and the way in which the request was handled. The internal
reviewer can either uphold or overturn the original decision.

 

Cafcass will notify you as to the final decision made regarding your
internal review 20 working days from receipt of your request.  You will
therefore receive a response on or before 7 August 2017.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Mr A.J. Wilson left an annotation ()

I agree fully with Brian on this point. Having looked at Section 22 I can't really see how they can argue this exemption based on what has been requested. Understanding the terms of reference for a research piece is not going to prejudice the outcome, understanding the researchers qualifications is not going to prejudice the outcome, understanding whether Womans Aid is receiving funding from Cafcass is not going to prejudice the outcome.

IF this is an objective, unbiased research piece then nothing in here should be problematic as "the outcome" will be determined by the research itself. That is of course unless "the outcome" is pre-determined and this "research" is a load of twaddle that can be cited by WA/Gingerbread/ whoever else to further violate our children's rights.

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear B Maloney,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please find attached our response to your request for an internal review
of your Freedom of Information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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