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Protecting a person’s right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.

Section 7 report

A court report which can be ordered in private proceedings, usually in proceedings for a child arrangement order. It is written by a Court Adviser from Cafcass and advises the Court on the child’s circumstances and what needs to happen to ensure a safe outcome for the child.

Section 8 order

A child arrangement order, prohibited steps order or specific issue order made under section 8 Children Act 1989. These set out where the child should live and with whom they should have contact; what an individual cannot do in relation to the upbringing of a child; or what an individual should do in relation to the upbringing of a child. 

Serve a statement

Send a copy of a statement filed at court to the other parties to the proceedings.


The act of explaining to a client where they can go for further advice or support.

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