What is the Welfare Checklist in Family Courts?(2019)(England)

What is the Welfare Checklist in Family Courts?(2019)(England)


hi there, my name’s Graham Fletcher, I
work as a Mckenzie friend and I support people who can’t afford solicitors but
are involved in family court proceedings and they would like somebody
to go with them to help them present their case to the court and to
understand how the courts work. so this is the first of a number of videos where
I’m going to be giving you some quick tips based on my experience as a
McKenzie friend, it isn’t legal advice but it’s based on my observations of how
family courts work . so the first tip I would give you is that yes – you
can present your own case at court and you can do that to a successful outcome.
it’s not for everybody but for certain people it is something that you can do without paying a solicitor. number 1 thing that I would suggest is
that you do is to start to research on the internet. a couple of things the
first thing to research is the “welfare checklist” which is part of the Children
Act in 1989 and that iss seven criteria that judges and social workers use in
assessing situations involving children. I’m not going to go into those
now on the video but you know that’s definitely something that you should
research and understand because when you’re making your presentations to the
court or your chatting to the social workers who are involved in the
situation , once you’ve got those in your head you’ll understand how they are looking at the whole situation and interpreting it so it’s really going to help your
understanding so that’s my number 1 tip is to get prepared and ready and in
a minute I’ll share with you another tip OK. all the best with your family court
proceedings

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