Child welfare report: guide

A child welfare report is a document prepared by a child welfare reporter to help a court reach a decision about the upbringing of a child.


If parents are involved in a legal dispute about a child's upbringing, a court can make decisions about who a child should live with or spend time with.

To help it make a decision, the court can ask for a child welfare report. This is a document prepared by a child welfare reporter appointed by the court. The reporter is usually, but not always, a practising solicitor.

The attached guide for parents explains what the child welfare report is, the role of the child welfare reporter and what is involved in the process. 

Child welfare report: guide

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