Cafcass is committed to evidence-informed practice based on, among other things, good-quality research. We aim to use our unique position and insight to generate high-impact, timely research to inform our own practice and influence policy across the family justice system.

Doing research involving Cafcass

There are a number of ways you might want to involve Cafcass in your research, including:

  • interviewing Cafcass staff
  • obtaining information about our work from electronic and paper records
  • contacting children and families who have received Cafcass services to ask if they want to participate in research projects.

If you are interested in doing research that involves Cafcass in any way, including the above, you must first obtain approval from the Cafcass Research Governance Committee. The committee will check if your research is likely to be feasible, as well as beneficial for Cafcass and our service users.

For your research to be considered, please fill in the Research application form after reading the Research Governance Framework.

The framework provides information on how we make decisions on research applications. If you’re unsure whether your project will meet the criteria set out in the framework, please contact us at the below address before making an application so that we can advise you.

Please send your application form or any queries to [email protected].

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