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Cafcass - Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

3rd Floor, 21, Bloomsbury Street,
Telephone: 0300 456 4000
Website: Cafcass


Cafcass is the voice of children in the family courts and helps to ensure that children’s welfare is put first during proceedings.

Cafcass is asked by the court to become involved in cases once an application has been made to the court. Their experienced practitioners provide judges with the advice, information and recommendations they need to make a safe decision about each child’s future. This includes working with children to find out their wishes and feelings, and reporting these findings back to the court. They listen and do not take sides between parents and always remain independent advocates for the children involved in these cases.

Their website provides information, advice and support to children and their families.

If you have any concerns that a child's safety or welfare is being put at risk, it is strongly urged you contact the local authority's children's services department (this used to be called "social services"). Do contact Hackney's First Response Team (Social Services) on 020 8356 5500, out of hours - 020 8356 2710.

In cases where the risk is immediate and urgent, please contact the police directly on 999.

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Referrals are made by Family Courts when necessary.

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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