The following information may be of use to those working with children and young people, or carrying out research, within the family justice system.


Resources for judges, magistrates and local authorities


Information for courts: Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru funding for DNA tests in Child Arrangements Cases

This document sets out guidance for the courts in England and Wales when making a direction under section 20 of the Family Law Reform Act 1969 for the provision of DNA tests by Cafcass or Cafcass Cymru.




Copies of statutes (including the Children Act 1989) and statutory instruments (including the Family Proceedings Rules 1991) from 1988 are available at

Note: However, this website does not update legislation when, as quite often happens, it is changed by later legislation.




If you are interested in the research Cafcass has carried out, or would like to carry out some research using information held by Cafcass please see our research page.


Resources for professionals involved in Cafcass cases

Adoption cases

The law on adoption   With effect from 30th December 2005 the law on adoption was comprehensively reformed by the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the […]

Private law cases

Looking for advice and support?   This page is aimed at professionals working with children and families. If you have made, or are thinking about making […]

Public law cases

When a local authority makes an application for an order to safeguard the welfare of a child, the cases are usually referred to as public […]

Resources for professionals

On this page you will find information and resources on a range of different topics. The tools below are derived from a range of sources […]

Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF)

Overview The Cafcass Child Impact Assessment Framework (CIAF) sets out how children may experience parental separation and how this can be understood and acted on […]

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