Cafcass telephone interview

(9 Posts)
number1daddy Sun 22-May-16 14:16:16

Hi.

What happens at the cafcass telephone interview does people know. It's 30 mins apparently and them two weeks after its the first hearing.

Thanks

Fourormore Sun 22-May-16 16:11:57

Pretty basic really - confirming details, asking you about what you think the problems are. Just keep it all child focused, don't criticise your ex.

number1daddy Sun 22-May-16 19:35:15

Thanks. Will cafcass know of previous court orders and reports as my ex's application that section had been left blank

Fourormore Sun 22-May-16 20:19:01

Not necessarily, no.

starry0ne Tue 24-May-16 14:54:23

I had CAFCASS interview on the phone....She was very happy I didn't want to discuss my ex in front of DS and was very accommodating. I told her my concerns mostly the stuff I had back up evidence and told her this. I also pointed out he had lied on court form. She said she expected it wasn't clear due to having previously having supervised contact. So took information.. I also challenged her on a caution for assault not been relevant as it was against me while DS was in my arms...

I was well aware of her power was very respectful..Talked about concerns for safety and regular contact and how that was affecting my child. Not about what a waste of space his dad was..

By the end of the phone call she agreed she would be recommending no contact without psychiatric or psychologist report but needed to speak to ex... After conversation with ex family member she phoned me back to tell me ex was withdrawing and she would complete report and it would be kept on file..

My advice they like facts..Deal in facts esp ones you can back up.

number1daddy Tue 24-May-16 17:54:19

Well had my interview. Last some time as I had a lot to say. Cafcass were prepared to listen to everything and very supportive. No mention of changing court order as it appears they knew very little about the previous case.

It's due to be heard by a magistrate but cafcass agreed only a judge should deal with it.

All in all case is far more complex than they were lead to believe

Fourormore Tue 24-May-16 17:59:18

There's a post here about gatekeeping and getting the case heard by the appropriate level of judge - thecustodyminefield.com/failures-judicial-case-allocation-and-gatekeeping/

3xcookedchips Wed 25-May-16 10:48:42

By the end of the phone call she agreed she would be recommending no contact without psychiatric or psychologist report but needed to speak to ex...

Either she was telling you what you wanted to hear(unprofessional or reckless) or she's an unprofessional and reckless officer who thinks its possible to make recommendations from a one sided telephone interview...either way, that's cafcass for you...

starry0ne Wed 25-May-16 11:55:29

Either she was telling you what you wanted to hear(unprofessional or reckless) or she's an unprofessional and reckless officer who thinks its possible to make recommendations from a one sided telephone interview...either way, that's cafcass for you...

Nope she wrote it in the report and never spoke to ex... I had enough evidence to say that my ex was a huge risk to my ds... She said the judge did not have to listen to her but rare they didn't... I had factual evidence written by professionals...

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