In view of the immense and increasing pressure on the Family Court, Cafcass is suggesting that all interested agencies now need to focus on encouraging effective co-parenting and finding ways to support separated parents to prioritise the needs of their children. Cafcass is also recommending a public health approach to the problem of parental conflict, with health and social care professionals working together from an early stage in a more coordinated and integrated way.
Speaking at the conference, Cafcass Chief Executive, Anthony Douglas, said: “Toxic parenting is as much a social problem as domestic abuse and knife crime. Today’s conference will allow us to confront and examine this issue and discuss some of the best ways to support effective co-parenting, so that children have the best upbringing possible as well as being kept out of the court system.”
At Moore & Tibbits Solicitors we fully support Cafcass’s call for an integrated public health approach. However, we also appreciate that there will always be cases where separated parents are unable to resolve their differences so that court proceedings with regards to child arrangements become necessary as a last resort. If you are in that position, or simply want some initial advice, then please contact our experienced family law team.
Article by: Karol Kaliczak