Cafcass have an elearning platform called MySkills which you read more about here:
Cafcass MySkills eLearning Platform
In addition to this Cafcass also publish internal training PDFs called Knowledge Bites. A number of these are authored by the Cafcass Librarian (read more about the Cafcass library) and have been in circulation for years.
Avid readers of this site will note that Cafcass often refer to having “elearning modules” or “training modules” when describing how resourced up they are on a particular subject but this is just them confusing terminologies. An elearning module is normally something that takes between 20 minutes and an hour to complete, has defined learning points and objectives, and is considered part of an employee’s mandatory training or CPD.
These Knowledge Bites certainly do not meet that description. When viewing the viewing rates shown below remember that, according to Cafcass themselves, and Cafcass have around 1,500-1,700 employees per year, of which around 1,400 are FCAs (Family Court Advisors aka Cafcass Officers).
|Knowledge Bite||Total Views
|Child Development Knowledge Set||36|
|Coached Children Knowledge Bite||28|
|Contact Private Law Knowledge Bite||23|
|Contact Public Law Knowledge Bite||50|
|Emotional Harm Knowledge Bite||30|
|Evidencing Safe Reunification Knowledge Bite||16|
|Post-separation Control Knowledge Bite||9|
|Radidcalisation Knowledge Bite||168|
|Social Workers and Social Media Knowledge Bite||39|
|Understanding and Responding to Neglect Knowledge Bite||30|
|Qualitative case file review of special guardianship orders||22|
|PDFs not obtained yet:|
|The Attachment Theory and Early Permanence Knowledge Bites were removed from MySkills at the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year|
We’ll let that sink in for a while.
For those of you interested in Parental Alienation and Cafcass then you should take a specific look at the Knowledge Bites for Coached Children, for Emotional Harm, and for Post-separation Control.
If you’re interested in Internal Relocation by a Resident Parent (with the children) to another part of the country you should specifically look at the Knowledge Bite on Post-separation Control.
In a Family Law system designed for combative parents there is no real allowance for the views of children and any understanding of how Family Law ultimately impacts on children most of all.
We speak for the children in Family Law so that, finally, the children have a voice.