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About Cafcass and What They Do

  The Operating Framework sets out how Cafcass works. We state that understanding how Cafcass operate is absolutely essential to understanding how your case will be viewed and managed by Cafcass and the courts. This alone can save you úthousands in unecessary legal fees.

The Cafcass Operating Framework sets out Cafcass meets their responsibilities as a family court social work service to children and young people, their families, and to courts, as required by legislation.Their principal functions are found in section 12(1) of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

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Cafcass State:

'It helps us to provide a consistent service to children and families throughout England, with a focus on continuous improvement. Our vision is to achieve positive change for children that continues long after family court proceedings are over. To achieve this, we must shine a strong light on children’s needs, and our recommendations to court should play a part in helping children’s lives to improve.'

The principle functions of Cafcass:

(1)In respect of family proceedings in which the welfare of children other than children ordinarily resident in Wales] is or may be in question, it is a function of the Service to—

(a) safeguard and promote the welfare of the children,

(b) give advice to any court about any application made to it in such proceedings,

(c) make provision for the children to be represented in such proceedings,

(d) provide information, advice and other support for the children and their families.

(2) The Service must also make provision for the performance of any functions conferred on officers of the Service by virtue of this Act or any other enactment (whether or not they are exercisable for the purposes of the functions conferred on the Service by subsection (1)).

(3)Regulations may provide for grants to be paid by the Service to any person for the purpose of furthering the performance of any of the Service’s functions.

(4) The regulations may provide for the grants to be paid on conditions, including conditions—

(a) regulating the purposes for which the grant or any part of it may be used,

(b)requiring repayment to the Service in specified circumstances.

(5) In this section, “family proceedings” has the same meaning as in the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984 and also includes any other proceedings which are family proceedings for the purposes of the Children Act 1989, but—

(a) references to family proceedings include (where the context allows) family proceedings which are proposed or have been concluded.