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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-How old is the child?
-Are you her mother?
-When is the next court hearing?
Thank you for confirming. What is the court application for - is it by him to see the child or by her to prevent arrangements?
Thank you. Once such an application is submitted to court, the court allocates a CAFCASS officer to do assessments and background checks, not only on both parents, but also any partners or significant people who will be coming into contact with the child. They are required to do background and social services checks on all the relevant people and then feedback to the court in a letter about the outcomes of the checks and what the recommendations are. The CAFCASS officer may request to speak to you about his application and also include this in the safeguarding letter and recommendations will be made to the court as to whether there should be arrangements, or court directions for further evidence to be obtained.
Just because she is alleging the above issues you have outlined does not mean a CAFCASS officer will agree that these are welfare concerns for the child.
Given that you are married to him, it is likely that you would be involved in any arrangements as well as have contact with the child - therefore if CAFCASS are recommending an assessment for you, it would be in your husband's interest that you comply as if you do not, CAFCASS will likely state that this remains a risk and no progress will be made regarding his application.
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