Guides for Social Workers: Parenthood and Parental Responsibility


parenthoodHave you seen our second guide for social workers on parenthood and parental responsibility. The guide covers the status of the legal parent, the difference between this and legal parental responsibility and how the two are acquired.

More complex matters are covered concerning parenthood and the legal status of the adults involved when surrogacy and artificial insemination are involved.

The law concerning Parenthood and Parental Responsibility

Social work guides are written in support of MAAPP, the Multi-Agency Application supporting the Social Work profession.

Our first guide in support of social workers was on section 7 reporting in private family law proceedings, and includes draft templates. This guide has received very positive feedback and can be downloaded via the link below:

Section 7 Reporting

Social work guides are provided in a pdf format, meaning they can be downloaded, saved and printed.

Guides are provided free of charge.



New Guides: Supporting Social Work in the Courts


Following approaches by members of the Social Work profession, we are in the process of developing a range of guides and tools to support social workers in their report writing and court work.

These guides are primarily intended to support social workers employed by Local Authorities, albeit may interest Independent Social Workers and others.

Section 7 Reporting

While some Local Authorities provide in-depth guidance for their staff, it became apparent others provide little or no support in the area of case analysis, report writing and court attendance and particularly in the area of Section 7 reporting in private family law proceedings. When Local Authorities have previously been involved with families who become involved in private family law proceedings, the Local Authority rather than CAFCASS or the Welsh Service may be asked to produce a Section 7 Welfare Report. Unlike public family law proceedings, the reporting officer will not be legally represented and may struggle to get advice from the council’s solicitor. Continue reading New Guides: Supporting Social Work in the Courts