CAFCASS:Duty of Care in respect of vulnerable adults

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

1. Please could you provide information to demonstrate if CAFCASS and CAFCASS FCA’s hold a duty of care to

a. The adult service users they engage with
b. Vulnerable adult service users

2. I am aware that CAFCASS represent children in the family courts and do not require information in this request in respect of their duty of care to children. It appears CAFCASS seem to be implying that by focusing solely on the child they hold no duty of care to adult service users therefore who holds a duty of care to adult & vulnerable adult service users ?

a. CAFCASS
b. The family court
c. Both CAFCASS and the family court
or neither

Yours faithfully,

Victoria Soeder

Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Soeder,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please accept this as a formal acknowledgement of your Freedom of
Information request which was received on 30 August 2019. Your reference
number is CAF 19-142.

 

We aim to respond to you promptly, and at the latest 20 working days from
receipt of your request. You will therefore receive a response on or
before 26 September 2019.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Soeder,

 

Thank you for your email.

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Dear Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service's handling of my FOI request 'CAFCASS:Duty of Care in respect of vulnerable adults'.

Your response is not clear do CAFCASS hold a duty of care towards adult and vulnerable adults their FCA’s engage with : yes or no ?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Yours faithfully,

Victoria Soeder

Dear Governance,

If it helps you to answer the question clearly the purpose of CAFCASS under the act CJCSA is in four parts the fourth being: “provide information, support and advice to such children and their families “ therefore is it correct their is an automatic duty of care with any adults CAFCASS engage with ?

NB gathering witness statements seems to ‘change’ the remit of CAFCASS as this process in in stark opposition to CAFCASS purpose : to provide information, support and advice to children and families: it is divisive and in no way ‘supportive’ but harmful and reckless. The purpose of CAFCASS as outlined in its accountability to Parliament has dramatically changed therefore please provide any new agreement signed between CAFCASS, MOJ and Secretary of State as to the new ‘current purpose of CAFCASS’

Yours sincerely,

Victoria Soeder

Governance, Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

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Dear Ms Soeder,

 

Thank you for your email which let us know that you were unhappy with the
decision made in the FOI response of CAF19-142 and requested a review of
the decision.

 

This email to acknowledge that your request was received on 05 October
2019 and will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

A Senior Officer who was not party to the original decision on whether to
release the information will conduct the internal review. An internal
review involves a review of the decision on disclosure in the original
response and the way in which the request was handled. The internal
reviewer can either uphold or overturn the original decision.

 

Cafcass will notify you as to the final decision made regarding your
internal review 20 working days from receipt of your request.  You will
therefore receive a response on or before 1 November 2019.

 

Kind regards,

 

Governance Team | Cafcass

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Dear Governance,

1.In response to my question 2c you have responded to say CAFCASS does not hold information in respect of their duty of care to vulnerable adults. HMCTS say that CAFCASS are independent of the court therefore why does CAFCASS not hold information on their duties towards vulnerable service users ?

2. CAFCASS remit is to support children and families therefore do CAFCASS have or not have a duty of care to adult family members they undertake work with ?

Yours sincerely,

Victoria Soeder