In November 2015, the Section 7 Process flowchart was updated.
CAFCASS undertakes to only identify the LA to provide S7 reports in the following situations:
- LA are currently involved;
- LA have been involved within the last 3 months and have completed a single assessment.
They will notify the court of this arrangement and will ensure all their staff are aware.
If they think it appropriate for the LA to complete the report in any other situation, they will contact First Contact team to discuss.
See also Protocol agreed between CAFCASS and the Association of Directors of Children's Services for Allocating Responsibilities for Court Reporting in Private Law Children Act 1989 Proceedings between CAFCASS and Local Authority Children's Services (2010).