Wales leads the way in reducing care case times
December 22, 2015 1 comment
The majority of care cases in Welsh courts are now completed within the 26 week timetable introduced by the Children and Families Act.
The average timeframe for care cases in Welsh courts dropped to 24.9 weeks, Cafcass Cymru reports in its newly published annual report. In 2012 the average completion time was close to 57 weeks. With 76.7 per cent of cases in Wales now completed within 26 weeks, or six and a half months – the Welsh family courts have shown greater improvements than anywhere in England.
The 26 week timetable was introduced to minimise delay and reduce emotional harm to children caught up in the family care system.
Cafcass Cymru worked with a total of 7,430 children over the last year, and 82 per cent of those were aged ten or under.
Gillian Baranski, the Chief Executive of Cafcass Cymru, said the new figures represented a “significant milestone”.
Speedier completion of cases had:
“…brought earlier certainty to many vulnerable children and young people regarding their future. This achievement is a testament to the strength of partnership arrangements which exist across Wales. No one organisation in isolation could have delivered these changes.”
Read the Cafcass Cymru annual report here.
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December 22, 2015
Categories: Children in care