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Views sought on revised SWET

Deadline for feedback: 18 September 2020

A review of the Social Work Evidence Template (or SWET), as well as the creation of a short SWET for use in urgent hearings, has recently been recommended by the President of the Family Division's Public Law Working Group.

The original SWET was designed to support a consistent, analytical approach to presenting social work evidence to the family courts whilst complementing other standardised forms required by the Public Law Outline. It was introduced in summer 2014 and subsequently updated in 2016. Its use has grown steadily and is endorsed by the President of The Family Division, as well as Cafcass and the Association of Directors of Children's Services which encourages all local authorities to use the templates and to ensure their staff can access the associated training materials.

In recent weeks a small group of representatives from local authority social work and legal teams, Cafcass and the judiciary have shared experiences and views which have then fed into an updated version of the full SWET and the first draft of the proposed interim SWET.

Wider views about the following two draft documents are now being sought:

The Association of Directors for Children's Services and Cafcass have produced a summary of changes made to the full SWET. Click here for that document.

The deadline for feedback is Friday, 18 September 2020. To contribute comments, please click here.

6/9/20