CAFCASS Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018

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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18
https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/about-cafcass...

Preface:

On page 9 are the words ........

"We may be asked by the court to work with families in two main areas:

• Private law, including child arrangements for children after parents have divorced or separated. In these cases, a Cafcass social worker will be appointed by the court to act as a Family Court Adviser (FCA). Their job is to provide information to the court that is needed for a safe decision to be made about arrangements for who the child lives with or spends time with.

• Public law, including care and adoption cases where the local authority (LA) has serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a child. In these cases, a Cafcass social worker will be appointed by the court to act as a Children’s Guardian. Their job is to check the LA’s plan and make sure that it is the best possible for the child."

1. Question:

Does CAFCASS act as a guardian generally or only in instances where an established concern, of a serious nature, exists "about the safety or welfare of a child" and does that concern have to originate from a local authority's children's service or from the police ?

2. Question:

What are the practical differences between a Family Court Adviser and a Guardian ?

3. Question:

Are Family Court Advisers represented in court by solicitors and/or barristers or do they appear in person ?

4. Question:

Are Family Court Advisors social workers or lawyers ?

5. Question:

Does CAFCASS implement the Google definition of a "guardian" being a solicitor whom directly engages with the designated children or does CAFCASS have an alternative arrangement where the "guardian" is a social worker with that social worker being represented in court by the social worker's own solicitor and/or barrister ?

6. Question:

As at today, what are the total personnel and costs in England alone for

(a) all social workers
(b) employee social workers
(c) contact social workers
(d) agency social workers ?

7. Question:

How many of all social workers in England alone have not been resident in the UK for a contiguous period of 5 years ?

8. Question:

What made CAFCASS decide not to publish on its web site an effective means for aggrieved parents to complain, in confidence, about CAFCASS social workers ?

9. Question:

What is the total annual cost of:-

(a) The CAFCASS chairman ?
(b) The CAFCASS chief executive ?
(c) The CAFCASS board ?

Nice to hear from you soon.

Kind regards,

Hoppy Napoli

Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Hoppy Napoli,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept this as formal acknowledgement of your Freedom of
Information request which was received by Cafcass on 18 September 2018.

 

Your reference number is CAF 18-099.

 

We aim to respond to your promptly, and at the latest 20 working days from
receipt of your request. You will therefore receive a response on or
before 15 October 2018.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

I wish to cancel question 9 as I have received the details from another source.

Yours faithfully,

Hoppy Napoli

Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Hoppy Napoli,

 

Thank you for your email and for informing us that you wish to remove
question 9 from your FOI request, as you have located the information from
another source. We will remove this from your request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Hoppy Napoli,

 

Thank you for your email. Please find attached our response to you Freedom
of Information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Cafcass email addresses have changed to end in @cafcass.gov.uk. Please
ensure you update your address book. For more information on this change
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