Feedback and concerns from children and young people

Children and young people can call our freephone Hear to Listen service on 0808 175 3333 to provide feedback on how we did.

We want your Feedback!

Tell us how we did. We want to hear from you if you thought we helped and supported you or if you want to tell us about something we could have done differently.

Did you understand what was happening during your court proceedings?

Did you feel that you were listened to?

Did we share our thinking and recommendations with you?

What could we have done better?

We need this information for us to learn and so we can improve the service we provide to other children and young people who may be going through a similar experience to you.

And we welcome complaints! 

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to tell us if things didn’t feel quite right, as well as give you some choice about how you do so.


Our simple factsheet explains the different ways you can tell us about something you were unhappy with and what will happen when you do. We will reply to you within one working day to acknowledge your concern and you can expect to hear from us again within ten working days. Please see the factsheet for details of how to send us your concern.

How to give us your feedback

To provide feedback about your experience with Cafcass, here is a form for you to use. It has been designed with the young people on the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB).

There are a few different ways that you can either send the feedback form to us or tell us your feedback. Just pick the method below that suits you best.

  1. If you are based in the UK, you can telephone our Hear to Listen freephone service: 0808 175 3333. If you are based outside the UK, please call our international Hear to Listen number: 0330 403 0300 (local rates may apply).You can use our Hear to Listen telephone line to contact us, during or after your court proceedings to provide feedback. If your court proceedings have not finished yet, we may ask your Family Court Adviser to call you back and will let them know about your feedback. Lines for this service are currently open from 9am – 5pm (Monday to Thursday), and 9am – 4:30pm (Fridays), but we will review demand for this service and whether we should make the number available at other times such as evenings and weekends.
  1. You can fill in the feedback form above on your phone or computer, save it to your device and then email it to us at [email protected]
  2. Or you can print out the form, fill it in and post it to us at: Cafcass PO Box 5076, Slough, SL1 0RX
  1. You can speak to your Family Court Adviser or Guardian and give them the feedback you wish to share with us directly.

 

What happens next?

If you have told us about a concern or something that you feel we could have done better, we will contact you and offer to discuss your views with a Cafcass manager. The manager will listen and be respectful and can meet you at a time that is convenient for you. We want to provide you with a response in writing within 10 working days.

If you have told us that things have gone well or provided us with some ideas on how we can improve things, then we will share this information appropriately within Cafcass to ensure your voice leads to improvements for other children and young people. We will not share it with anyone outside Cafcass.

 

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