Cafcass Positive Parenting Programme (CPPP)

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Cafcass are pushing their Positive Parenting Programme as a panacea to high conflict cases. Earlier they referred to it as “Expertise in intervention with families to reduce impact of high conflict on children” but have since renamed it.

Under “Other policy and training requests” you provide a link which you’ve titled “Cafcass training in dealing with “parental alienation”. This link links to a PDF response dated 25th January 2017 and referenced by you as Gov/CAF 16-59. In this response you say: “Cafcass has a training module on ‘Expertise in intervention with families to reduce impact of high conflict on children’, which explores the risk to contact and the key elements in high conflict contact disputes and the impact on children and a range of resources are available to staff to inform their assessments”

Please provide a copy of this training module: “Expertise in intervention with families to reduce impact of high conflict on children”. 

Cafcass does not have a training module titled ‘Expertise in intervention with families to reduce impact of high conflict on children’.

This training (which was referenced by Cafcass in a response to a previous FOI request CAF16-159) was actually in development at the time of the response and subsequently became the Cafcass Positive Parenting Programme (CPPP), which is currently being piloted.

Please provide the date on which this training module was first made available to your employees

Cafcass has not run training entitled ‘Expertise in intervention with families to reduce impact of high conflict on children’

However, the CPPP pilot commenced in June 2017 and is still ongoing

Please provide the numbers of your employees who completed this training in the years 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 preferably broken down by service area

The CPPP training is in its pilot stage and is still underway and complete data on numbers of employees who have received this training is not yet available.

It is strange that Cafcass are saying that they are unable to provide numbers of FCAs who’ve been trained since the pilot launched in June 2017… some 17 months ago. We find this very hard to believe and our researchers are investigating further.

Cafcass provided a copy of the training document. You can view it here:

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.

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