In March 2020, the Section 7 Process flowchart was updated.
Links were also added to a Section 7 Report Template and Sector Wide Guidance on Writing a Section 7 Report using the National Template issued by ADCS / CAFCASS. See Related Documents.
Derby City Council uses a Strengths Based Approach for all work with children and families.
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 the Initial Response 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).