Regarding professional qualifications and competencies of Cafcass Family Court Advisors

C. Hatcher 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,

in response to the question "Can you please advise me of the availability, and requirements, for CPD (continuing professional development) for Cafcass Family Court Advisors. Can you advise me what CPD training is available for Cafcass Family Court Advisors in the area of child psychology or psychiatry," contained within the request CAF 924, you gave the following answer:

"All social work staff are required to complete six core in-house training modules upon joining the organisation, complemented by other training events available throughout the year for both social work and non-social work staff;
 Cafcass have an internal National Improvement Service (NIS) who run workshops across the country tailored to local training needs analysis;
 mySkills, an online e-learning platform offering learning on a range of social work and non-social work topics;
 All FCAs have professional membership of The College of Social Work which provides them with professional development resources".

My questions are:

1) What are the six core in-house training modules ?

2) Please list what training workshops were offered by Cafcass's internal National Improvement Service (NIS) to the Coventry office, for family court advisors and guardians, for the last three years (2012, 2013 and to current date).

3) Can you detail specifically what training is offered with regard to Cafcass's own in-house guideline/template, "Coached Children: Understanding the Impact of Parental Alienation - Knowledge Bite"

4) Can you detail specifically what training is offered with regard to Cafcass's own in-house guideline/template, "Impact of Parental Conflict Tool".

5) What recommendations or instructions does Cafcass give it's practitioners about how, and when, these two documents, referenced in Q 3 and Q 4 should be used?

6) How is use of the "Impact of Parental Conflict Tool" recorded.

7) How is use of the "Impact of Parental Conflict Tool" moderated to ensure that practitioners are using it competently and consistently? Who undertakes this moderation?

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

C. Hatcher

Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Governance - Cafcass, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Sir/Madam

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Kind regards,

Governance Team | Cafcass
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