The FJYPB is an advisory board made up of young people who have experienced the family justice system. It was set up by Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – to provide direct insights into the views and perspectives of affected children.
The new video, called Who is Cafcass and what do we do?, features interviews with two members of the board – 18 year-old Jess and 15 year-old Kitty – along with11 year old Ewan. They discuss their personal experiences of the family court system and recall how
Cafcass Family Court Advisers (FCAs) listened to their concerns and provided support.
“I had a great FCA. She spent a lot of time with me and I felt like I could talk about anything with her. And because of that, it made it much easier for me to tell her my wishes and feelings in relation to the court case.”
The video explains how Cafcass works in divorce and similar family proceedings, when the courts are asked to decide where children with live (‘residence’) and how and when they will see the other parent (‘contact’).
The new video joins existing two videos aimed at parents who are separating or divorcing, also available on the Cafcass website.
Cafcass Chief Executive Anthony Douglas said:
“While we would encourage parents to resolve their disputes outside of the courts wherever possible, it is an unfortunate reality that some will need to call on the courts for assistance. At a time where more parents may be approaching the courts without the assistance of a solicitor, due to recent changes to legal aid provision, it’s important that we provide information in easily accessible formats….We only have a short period in which to work with parents and families and it’s vital that we use this time to put arrangements in place to ensure the best outcome for children.”