Social Work Evidence Template (SWET)

Social Work Evidence Template (SWET)

The original Social Work Evidence Template (SWET) was introduced in summer 2014 with the aim of providing clear and analytical material to the courts. Its use has grown steadily over the last year or so and ADCS continues to encourage all local authorities to use the templates and to ensure their staff can access the associated training materials.

The SWET supports the family justice reforms brought in to avoid unnecessary delays; it was also designed to complement other standardised forms required by the Public Law Outline.

A review of the template and supporting documents has recently been undertaken, this exercise demonstrated a high level of support for its use and generated a number of suggestions about further improvements. Although it has not been possible to incorporate all the ideas that were shared, the feedback received from the sector has resulted in:

  • The accompanying guidance being simplified and incorporated into the template
  • The templates themselves being simplified and the final analysis template now using the same headings as the basic template
  • The two relevant welfare checklists being incorporated for ease of reference.

The SWET continues to be endorsed by Sir James Munby, President of The Family Division, as well as ADCS and Cafcass.

Social Work Evidence Template (revised June 2016)

Social Work Evidence Template - Final Statement (revised June 2016)

Additional supporting information and guidance on SWET is available on the Research in Practice website.

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