We are delighted to announce that a new version of the Judicial Protocol has been launched, endorsed by Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division. The Judicial Protocol is a vital resource for judges and magistrates making orders referring families to accredited child contact services and has been regularly updated over the last 23 years.

Introducing the protocol Sir Andrew says:

I urge Magistrates and Judges to ensure they refer families only to accredited centres so that every child whose circumstances necessitate the use of child contact centres or services, will benefit from the same high level of care and safeguarding.

The protocol has traditionally focused on referrals to supported contact centres, but this new version contains the following:

  • Information on supervised family time.
  • Information on virtual contact.
  • Some helpful pro-forma orders.

Download your copy here.

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