Cafcass rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

April 3, 2018 4 comments

family law

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – Cafcass – has been rated ‘outstanding’ by government inspectorate Ofsted. Ofsted praised the service, which intervenes in court cases concerning children, for “listening to children, understanding their world and acting on their views” and for its “exceptional [and] aspirational” leadership. At its previous inspection in…

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Parental alienation: clarity at last

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October 16, 2017 60 comments

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Professionals came together to recognise the impact of parental alienation on children at a special conference organised by the Central London branch of FNF (Families Need Fathers) this Saturday. Senior figures in the sector attended, including Cafcass CEO Anthony Douglas, His Honour Judge Stephen Wildblood, barrister Francesca Wiley QC and the NSPCC’s Head of Safeguarding,…

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Cafcass figures, divorce nonsense and more

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February 17, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for January 2017, and the upward trend has returned. In that month the service received a total of 1,119 care applications, which is a 7 per cent increase…

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Parental alienation is child abuse says Cafcass

February 13, 2017 97 comments

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Parents who try to alienate their children from their ex-partners are committing a form of child abuse, the head of Cafcass has claimed. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) works with children and their families involved in care proceeding and also with those caught up in private disputes. Chief Executive Anthony…

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A future where money, not law, determines outcomes

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August 18, 2016 5 comments

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Now we all know that financial budgets are finite, particularly in these cash-strapped times. However, you would hope that the welfare of a child is considered to be more important than saving money. Wouldn’t you? Over the last couple of years I have regularly reported here how the demands placed upon the Children and Family…

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‘Slow down rush to take children into care’

August 14, 2016 0 comments

family law

The continuing rise in the number of children being taken into care is a “major issue”, the Chief Executive of Cafcass has declared. The official ‘Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’ takes a role in every family court case involving children – both private disputes and public care proceedings. The organisation has seen…

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Care demand up by nearly 20 per cent

May 14, 2015 0 comments

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Cafcass received 18 per cent more care applications last month than in April 2014. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service works to support children involved in both public (care) and private family law cases. It received a record-breaking total of 946 care applications during April – a sharp jump from the 805…

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26 week time limit ‘unlikely’ for all care cases

March 28, 2015 2 comments

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The 26 week time limit introduced last year for care cases is unlikely to ever be achievable in all instances, the Ministry of Justice has admitted. The requirement that cases involving the placement of children in care be concluded within 26 weeks was introduced via the Children and Families Act in April 2014 in order…

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Social workers receive praise in new research

September 24, 2014 3 comments

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Local authority social workers have been praised in new research by Cafcass. The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service conducts annual research into care applications. The Service surveyed 300 children’s guardians over a three week period, polling their views on care applications filed by local authority social workers, under section 31 of the…

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