Get CAFCASS (Child Custody) interviews recorded by law

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In family court proceedings, the courts often order CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) to prepare a report detailing the best route for the courts to follow in judgement.

The CAFCASS officer and the report has an ENORMOUS weight in the court room, to the effect of approximately 97% of cases go the way of the report.

With this kind of weight in evidence (it is the single most important piece in the proceedings bar none), it should be open to scrutiny and thorough investigation... But that's not always the case.

Police interviews are recorded, as are court proceedings themselves, yet CAFCASS interviews are not. Challenging even factual, provable discrepancies can then have the effect of turning the court against you, as the CAFCASS officer is the 'expert', and the one they will listen to first above all.

Having been through a first hand experience of challenging CAFCASS in court, had my interview been recorded the whole outcome could have been very different.

I'm certain I'm not alone in this position.

I propose that legislation be changed so that all CAFCASS interviews are recorded, so that all parties involved can have peace of mind and the process be stricter in it's impartial and neutral fact finding. 

Please sign the petition as this small detail could prevent untold heart breaks for children and families everywhere. 



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