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Forms, templates and tools for external practitioners

 

There is a requirement for all practitioners employed by Cafcass to use the forms and templates provided. To access them, please click on the links below.

If you wish to view templates with embedded guidance on how best to use them or you are unsure of what template to use in a case then please discuss with your Cafcass manager.

You should also refer to the relevant policies, according to case type, before using a template.  Click here to see policies. 

For tools in evidence informed practice click here

 

Forms and templates 

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 Safeguarding

Cafcass Common Assessment Framework Form 01.02.10 02.12.10
Consent to Checks being made with agencies 01.02.10 11.04.17
Cafcass Child in Need Referral letter 01.02.10 26.01.16

Cafcass Child Protection Referral Letter

01.02.10 26.01.16

 

 

 

 

Private law - work after first hearing 

Contact Log Template 06.03.14 NA
Detailed Contact Recording Template 09.12.11 29.04.14
Case Plan Template (Public and Private law) 01.02.10 29.04.14
Court Report Cover Letter Template 01.02.10 26.01.16
Analytical Writing Template 13.07.11 NA
Non specific s7 report template 04.07.14 11.04.17
Child impact analysis template 11.08.17 NA

 

 

 

 

Children and Adoption Act 2006 templates - private law 

Contact Activity Directions & Conditions - assessment for suitability and availability 01.02.10 01.12.10
Contact Activity Directions & Conditions -  information about compliance or non-compliance 01.02.10 01.12.10
Contact Order monitoring compliance or non-compliance 01.02.10 11.04.17
Enforcement - assessment for suitability and availability 01.02.10 01.12.10
Enforcement - reporting non compliance 01.02.10 01.12.10

NOMS referral form

01.02.10 01.12.10

 

 

 

 

Public law and adopton

Contact Log Template 06.03.14 NA
Detailed Contact Recording Template 09.12.11 29.04.14
Case Plan Template (Public and Private law) 02.01.10 29.04.14
PLO case analysis template 04.07.14 11.04.17
PLO combined report 04.07.14 11.04.17
Revised adoption case analysis 04.07.14 26.01.16

 

 

 

 

Adoption policies and guidance

Consent to Placement of Child with Any Prospective Adopters chosen by Adoption Agency 01.02.10 25.11.11
Consent to Placement of Child with Identified Prospective Adopters 01.02.10 25.11.11
Consent to Placement of Child with Identified Prospective Adopters, and if Placement Breaks Down, Any Prospective Adopters 01.02.10 25.11.11
Advance Consent to Adoption 01.02.10 25.11.11
Consent to Adoption 01.02.10 25.11.11
Consent to the Making of Order Under s84 01.02.10 25.11.11
Withdrawal of Consent 01.02.10 25.11.11
Consent to Partner Adoption 01.02.10 25.11.11

Statement not to be Notified of Application for an Adoption Order

01.02.10 25.11.11

Parental orders and surrogacy

Parental Order Consent Form 29.11.11 29.11.11

 

Tools for evidence informed practice

The tools below are derived from a range of sources and many are not Cafcass original documents. Each tool has been identified for use by Cafcass staff, and therefore are included on this website for use by our Self Employed Contractors. Information on the source of each document is referenced in the further information section below. 

Table last updated: 06/09/2016

 

Assessment/ Resource Tool
Guidance on use of tools (relating to key issues identified in the case plan)
Further information on tools
 
Basic information
 
Private Law: Select these tools to gather information during interviews as required in most applications.
Cafcass Tool
Private Law: Select these tools to gather information during interviews as required in most applications.
Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Available from the Cafcass Library
Private Law: Select these tools to gather information during interviews as required in most applications.
Adapted from Department of Health Framework for Assessment triangle. Information gathering tool
Private Law: Select these tools to gather information during interviews as required in most applications.
Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Available from the Cafcass Library
 
Parenting Capacity
Private/Public Law: Use in interview to establish the nature, how recent, frequency and duration of domestic abuse, to assist in the benchmarking of risk against the Barnardo’s Domestic Violence Risk Identification Matrix.
Cafcass tool
 
Private Law: Use in interview if domestic abuse is current to establish if a referral to MARAC is required.
Safe Lives
Private/ Public Law: An analytical tool, not completed directly with the parents/carers.
This can be used to explore the level of risk in regard to domestic abuse.
Barnado’s
Private Law: To provide the practitioner with a structured, focussed and stepped framework for assessing cases where domestic abuse is a predominant feature.
Cafcass tool.
Private Law: To be used during or post interview to analyse whether contact is safe / in child’s best interests
Derived from STURGE, C. & GLASER, D. (2000) Contact and Domestic Violence – The Experts’ Court Report. Family Law 615 (September).
Available from the Cafcass Library
Private Law: To be used to inform decision-making on whether a DVPP is appropriate.
Derived from STURGE, C. & GLASER, D. (2000) Contact and Domestic Violence – The Experts’ Court Report. Family Law 615 (September).
Available from the Cafcass
Private Law: To be used in an interview to establish an evidence base for analysis.
These domains were developed by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) and the Local Government Drugs Forum (LGDF). The four scoring categories developed for the DrugNet site
Private Law: Tool for gathering information about level and type of drug use.
Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Available from the Cafcass Library
Private Law: To be used in an interview to establish evidence base for analysis.
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.(2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
Private Law: To be used in an interview to establish evidence base for analysis.
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
Private Law: To be used to explore parents’ understanding of their child’s needs according to age and stage of development.
Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Available from the Cafcass Library
Public Law: An assessment tool which can be used with the parent/s at the commencement of involvement.
This is to assist the Guardian to assess the parents/carers understanding of the concerns (which is a first step in assessing their capacity to change).
This can be reviewed at the end of the proceedings to reflect on what changes have or have not been made.
 
Fowler (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents –
Jessica Kingsley Publishers ISBN 978 1 84310 050 8
 
 
Public Law: An assessment tool which can be used with the parent/s/ carers at the commencement of involvement, to further consider their
understanding of the concerns, the impact on the child, and any actions which the parents/carers need to take in order to address the concerns.
These actions can then be reviewed towards the end of the court proceedings.
 
Cafcass Tool
Public Law: An analytical tool which can be used after the interviews with the parents/carers to evidence their capacity to change.
This can be reviewed at the end of the proceedings to inform final recommendations.
 
Adaption of Di Clemente & Prochaska (1982) in Horwarth (2001) The Child’s World – Jessica Kingsley Publishers – ISBN 978 1 84310 568 8
 
Private/ Public Law: An assessment tool which can be used with the parents/carers to consider their view of the children’s needs and how they are coping with these needs.
 
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
Public Law: The tool methodology was derived from the Graded Care Profile which helps to ascribe levels of risk and was aimed for public law practitioners for their use when doing their gap analysis in order to help them independently assess levels of risk and so inform and evidence their position regarding interim removal, where neglect is a key issue.
 
NSPCC
 
Public Law: An analytical tool which can be used to consider risks to the child/ren, should they return home to their previous caregivers.
This was the tool looked at in detail on the Child Protection Decision Making training.
For further detail on its use individual or group training can be commissioned
 
Bentovim et al (2009) Safeguarding Children Living with trauma and Family Violence (Evidence-based assessment, analysis and planning interventions) Jessica Kingsley publishing ISBN 978 1 843109389
 
Private/ Public Law: An assessment tool which can be used if making a home visit where there have been concerns about neglect and poor home conditions.
 
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
 
Private Law: This tool should be used where the Safe Lives Dash has identified elements of coercive and/or controlling behaviour to assess this dynamic more fully in the context of the application.
Cafcass
 
Child developmental needs
 
Observation of Contact
Private/ Public Law: An assessment tool which can be used to consider the quality of contact and ability of the parents/carers to meet the child/ren’s needs within this context.
 
Cafcass
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire:
 
Private/ Public Law: The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioural screening tool to consider whether a child or young person has emotional or behavioural difficulties.
The questionnaire can be completed with the parents/carers and also other professionals such as teachers.
 
For adolescents and teenagers there is a questionnaire for self-completion.
 
In community samples, multi-informant SDQs can predict the presence of a psychiatric disorder with good specificity and moderate sensitivity –can be used to evidence the necessity of specific intervention or assessment (expert).
 
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London:
The Stationery Office.
Private/ Public Law: The Adolescent Wellbeing Scale can be used to consider the wellbeing of older children, the impact on them of their family circumstances and their support needs.
As with the Adult Wellbeing assessment tool, it is used to consider whether there are problems in regard to depression and anxiety.
GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
Private Law: To be used when working with children to understanding their beliefs about their parents’ divorce.
Kurdek, L. A., and B. Berg.  1987.  Children’s beliefs about parental divorce scale.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1987  copyright, Professor Larry Kurdek, Department of Psychology, State University, Dayton, OH 45435-0001.  Used by permission of Dr. Kurdek
Private Law: To be used post interview to analyse impact of parental conflict and the level of parental influence on wishes and feelings
Fidler, B. J., Bala, N., Birnbaum, D., & Kavassalis, K. (2008). Understanding child alienation and its impact on families. In B. Fidler, N. Bala, D. Birnbaum, & K. Kavassalis (Eds.) Challenging issues in child custody disputes: A guide for legal and mental health professionals. Toronto, Canada: Carswell.
 
Child’s wishes and feelings tools
 
Private/ Public Law: Resource of direct work tools
Collection of worksheets – some similar with the Cafcass How it looks to me but there are others that can be used to explore the child’s experience at home and in placement.
DfES and Barnados
Private/ Public Law: Use these tools to facilitate direct work with children and young people
Use these tools as required to gather information during interviews with children and young people or post interview to analyse the evidence and inform recommendations
Cafcass
Private/Public Law: This meter (from little bit happy to hugely happy) is to be used with the Cafcass emotion stickers to add depth to the feeling the child or young person has picked.
Cafcass
Private/Public Law: The aim of the game is to build a sense of trust with the child or young person. The emotions of the board allow them to openly discuss their thoughts and feelings without feeling like they are being questioned. It is made to feel like a game, as the practitioner is intended to join in and share thoughts and feelings.
Cafcass
Private/Public Law: To be used when working with children with disabilities.
The Children’s society
 
Resilience and Vulnerability
 
Private/ Public Law: A 10-item scale that measures global self-worth by measuring both positive and negative feelings about the self.
 
Rosenberg, M. (1965). Society and the adolescent self-image. Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press.
Private/Public law: This tool can be applied to all children (male and female) under the age of 18 and its purpose is to enable practitioners to assess a child’s level of risk of CSE in a concise and consistent manner.
Cafcass
Private Law: To be used during and post interview. 
15 point checklist for resilience, adapted from Grotberg 1997 in DANIEL, B. and WASSEL, S. (2002) Adolescence: Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children 3. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Available in the Cafcass Library
Private/ Public Law: An analytical tool which can be used to explore the resilience and vulnerability factors in children; which enables an assessment specific to the individual child.
 
CALDER, M. C. (Ed.) (2008) Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children. Dorset: Russell House Publishing Ltd. Available in the Cafcass Library
 
Resources
 
A contact planning tool to consider the what level and type of contact is in the child’s best interests
 
Research in Practice
A resource tool which provides
good guidance to evaluate assessments of parents with learning disabilities and also guide the Guardians own enquiries.
 
A Manual for practitioners prepared by
Penny Morgan and Andy Goff for Norfolk ACPC
A resource tool, consisting of a summary chart of attachment behaviours.
 
Research in Practice
Child abuse: parental mental illness, learning disability, substance misuse and domestic violence
A resource tool consisting of research and guidance on holistic assessment of factors which impact on parenting capacity and the impact of these on children.
 
Department for Education
2011
 
A practice tool is to assist practitioners in the processes of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of prospective placements with family and friends (kinship care) and identifying the assistance families might need to provide a safe and effective long-term home for a child.
This is primarily a tool for local authority social workers however a good source of reference when considering the quality of such assessments which have been completed.
 
Research in Practice
 
A resource and holistic assessment tool consisting of the assessment framework and factors to consider in regard to parenting capacity, environmental factors and the child’s developmental needs.
Child and Family Training
 
A source of reference and review of resilience factor relating to the assessment framework.
 
Child and Family Training
 
A source of reference and review of risk factors relating to the assessment framework
. Child and Family Training
 
A structured approach to assessing parents’ capacity to change which details further assessment tools which can be used.
This is primarily an overview assessment tool more suited to local authority social workers; however provides useful guidance and signposting.
 
Research in Practice
 
A resource tool summarising factors which make re-abuse more likely
 
Research in Practice
A briefing to provide decision-makers with an overview of the cross-cutting policy landscape and the available evidence for the development of effective local services.
Research in Practice

  

Further information

A.       Basic Information

  1. Background to the application: Cafcass information gathering tool
  2. Tool for parental concerns about their child: Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  3. Tool for review of family and environmental factors: Information gathering tool adapted from Department of Health Framework for Assessment triangle.
  4. Tool for criminal history: Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

 

B.      Parenting Capacity

  1. Domestic abuse– what we need to know: Information gathering tool to identify the nature, duration and context of the domestic abuse and to assist in the benchmarking of risk against the Barnardo’s Domestic Violence Risk Identification Matrix.
  2. CAADA DASH: http://www.caada.org.uk/marac/RIC_for_MARAC.html
  3. Barnardos DV RIM: Analytical tool, not completed directly with the service user. This is to benchmark the level of risk to feed into the wider assessment process.
  4. Safe Contact Indicator: Derived from STURGE, C. & GLASER, D. (2000) Contact and Domestic Violence – The Experts’ Court Report. Family Law 615 (September).
  5. Tool for assessing whether a DVPP is appropriate: Derived from STURGE, C. & GLASER, D. (2000) Contact and Domestic Violence – The Experts’ Court Report. Family Law 615 (September).
  6. SCODA risk assessment with parental drug misuse: These domains were developed by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA) and the Local Government Drugs Forum (LGDF). The four scoring categories developed for the DrugNet site.
  7. Tool for drug abuse: Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
  8. Alcohol use tool: GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.(2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
  9. Adult wellbeing scale: As above.
  10. Home conditions assessment: As above.
  11. Parenting daily hassles scale: As above.
  12. Tool for parenting knowledge and style: Adapted from FOWLER, J (2003) A Practitioner’s Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

 

D. Child Developmental Needs

  1. Strengths and difficulties tool: Goodman, 1997; Goodman et al, 1998. Discussed in
    GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
  2. Adolescent wellbeing tool: GREAT BRITAIN. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. (2000) The Family Pack of Questionnaires and Scales. London: The Stationery Office.
  3. Children’s beliefs about parental divorce tool: Kurdek, L. A., and B. Berg. 1987. Children’s beliefs about parental divorce scale. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 1987 copyright, Professor Larry Kurdek, Department of Psychology, State University, Dayton, OH 45435-0001. Used by permission of Dr. Kurdek
  4. Cafcass child observation tool: Cafcass documents. Please see guidance above.
  5. Impact of parental conflict tool: Fidler, B. J., Bala, N., Birnbaum, D., & Kavassalis, K. (2008). Understanding child alienation and its impact on families. In B. Fidler, N. Bala, D. Birnbaum, & K. Kavassalis (Eds.) Challenging issues in child custody disputes: A guide for legal and mental health professionals. Toronto, Canada: Carswell.

 

E. Resilience and vulnerability

  1. Rosenberg self-esteem tool: ROSENBERG, M. (1965). Society and the adolescent self-image. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.
  2. International resilience project: 15 point checklist for resilience, adapted from Grotberg 1997 in DANIEL, B. and WASSEL, S. (2002) Adolescence: Assessing and Promoting Resilience in Vulnerable Children 3. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  3. Resilience / Vulnerability Matrix: CALDER, M. C. (Ed.) (2008) Contemporary risk assessment in safeguarding children. Dorset: Russell House Publishing Ltd.

 

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