Cafcass has launched its relationship-based practice framework called 'Together with children and families'. The framework sets out the importance of working with children and their families, based on developing trusting relationships, where listening, understanding, clear reasoning, respect and integrity are prioritised. The framework is intended to help us to do our best work with children and families who are involved in private or public law proceedings.
Built on a new suite of values, Together has been developed collaboratively with all Cafcass staff, particularly with Family Court Advisers and with partners such as the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB). The FJYPB has helped Cafcass to ensure Together is informed by the voices of children and young people. They have provided feedback about how Together will improve the experiences of children in family court proceedings.
Chief executive of Cafcass, Jacky Tiotto, said: 'Cafcass works alongside around 142,000 children a year in public and private law proceedings. We represent their experiences, wishes, feelings and hopes for the future to the family courts. Our understanding about their safety and welfare is fundamental to the recommendations we make, which on every occasion are life changing. It is both our privilege and responsibility to serve their very best interests all of the time. Our practice framework Together houses these ambitions and commitments and I hope has the effect of lifting every engagement and outcome for children to the level of the best everywhere.' The Together workbook is available for download here.