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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): Children and Families Act 2014

Children and Families Act 2014 Committee
Children and Families Act 2014

Monday 27 June 2022

Start times: 3.00pm (private) 3.15pm (public)


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Top family judge to give evidence to the Committee 

The Committee will take evidence on the three ‘pillars’ of the family justice system – the courts, Cafcass and children’s services.

Meeting details

At 3.00pm: Private discussion
Inquiry Children and Families Act 2014
At 3.15pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Children and Families Act 2014
President at Family Division
Chief Executive at CAFCASS
President at Association of Directors of Children’s Services

Likely questions to include:

  • What aspects of the adoption and family justice sections of the Act were you concerned about when it was passed? Have those concerns been borne out since?
  • What is needed to ensure the family justice system operates as a cohesive and easy-to-navigate system?
  • Is the 26-week timeframe in care cases important and achievable? What is being done to improve adherence to 26-weeks across England and Wales?
  • How can we ensure fewer care cases escalate to the point of needing court intervention?
  • How has the presumption of the involvement of both parents in the life of the child after family separation affected proceedings? Should the presumption be changed?
  • How do we ensure that the right private law cases are in court, and the right cases are being resolved by alternative means?
  • What impact have Mediation Information & Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) had?
  • Is the voice of the child sufficiently heard in the family justice system?

Further Information

Location

Room 4, Palace of Westminster

How to attend