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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date remove maximum value filtermore like thismore than 2016-10-10
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the protection of children in care and children in need of delays in the work undertaken by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. more like this
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Lord Ouseley more like this
star this property uin HL2135 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-10-24more like thismore than 2016-10-24
star this property answer text <p>Data collected by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) shows that, since April 2012, the average time to complete care and supervision applications has reduced from 48 weeks to 30 weeks. These are the proceedings most commonly initiated by a local authority and Cafcass has played a key role in working with other parts of the family justice system to achieve that reduction.</p><p> </p><p>Since April 2012, Cafcass has also exceeded its targets to allocate at least 97% of the open public law care workload to an appointed Children’s Guardian, and to allocate care applications to an appointed Children’s Guardian in no more than 3 working days.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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less than 2016-10-24T13:21:08.38Zmore like thismore than 2016-10-24T13:21:08.38Z
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4538
star this property label Biography information for Lord Keen of Elie more like this
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2170
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Ouseley more like this
539680
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-18more like thismore than 2016-07-18
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment her Department has made of the performance of Cafcass. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bootle more like this
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Peter Dowd more like this
star this property uin 43059 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-07-26more like thismore than 2016-07-26
star this property answer text <p>The Government is confident that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) continues to provide high quality social work advice to support decisions by the courts in cases involving children. This reflects the outcome of the inspection in 2014 by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) which judged that as a minimum all children, young people and families receive a service where the quality and effectiveness of Cafcass practice is ‘good’.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the department regularly assesses Cafcass’ efficiency and effectiveness and holds Cafcass to account for its performance, governance and stewardship of public funds.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bracknell more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Phillip Lee more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 43060 more like this
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less than 2016-07-26T16:11:22.643Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-26T16:11:22.643Z
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3921
star this property label Biography information for Dr Phillip Lee more like this
star this property tabling member
4397
unstar this property label Biography information for Peter Dowd more like this
539681
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-07-18more like thismore than 2016-07-18
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether her Department plans to carry out a review of the organisational efficiency and effectiveness of Cafcass. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bootle more like this
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Peter Dowd more like this
star this property uin 43060 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-07-26more like thismore than 2016-07-26
star this property answer text <p>The Government is confident that the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) continues to provide high quality social work advice to support decisions by the courts in cases involving children. This reflects the outcome of the inspection in 2014 by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) which judged that as a minimum all children, young people and families receive a service where the quality and effectiveness of Cafcass practice is ‘good’.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the department regularly assesses Cafcass’ efficiency and effectiveness and holds Cafcass to account for its performance, governance and stewardship of public funds.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Bracknell more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Phillip Lee more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 43059 more like this
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less than 2016-07-26T16:11:22.69Zmore like thismore than 2016-07-26T16:11:22.69Z
star this property answering member
3921
star this property label Biography information for Dr Phillip Lee more like this
star this property tabling member
4397
unstar this property label Biography information for Peter Dowd more like this
458152
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2016-03-07more like thismore than 2016-03-07
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Cafcass in (a) domestic abuse cases and (b) other private law cases. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol North West more like this
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Charlotte Leslie more like this
star this property uin 29952 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-15more like thismore than 2016-03-15
star this property answer text <p>The Government has made no specific assessment of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’s (Cafcass) performance in cases where domestic violence or abuse is alleged or admitted. However, in 2014, Ofsted inspected Cafcass as a national organisation. It judged that as a minimum all children, young people and families receive a service where the quality and effectiveness of Cafcass private law practice is ‘good’. The protective measures of a non-molestation order or occupation order available from the family court for an adult party in cases of domestic violence or abuse do not involve Cafcass.</p><p> </p><p>In relation to other private law cases involving children, Cafcass is most often involved in proceedings for a child arrangements order where parents are in dispute. In every case where a child arrangements order is sought, Cafcass undertakes safeguarding checks with the police and local authority. Relevant matters are communicated to the court prior to the first hearing via a safeguarding letter. In this way, Cafcass provides judges with the information they need to ensure that any decisions made are safe for the child and adult parties.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Gosport more like this
star this property answering member printed Caroline Dinenage more like this
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less than 2016-03-15T14:11:23.84Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-15T14:11:23.84Z
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4008
star this property label Biography information for Caroline Dinenage more like this
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3933
unstar this property label Biography information for Charlotte Leslie more like this
157084
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-20more like thismore than 2014-11-20
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff dealing with child protection cases involving children from minority religious faiths, such as the Charedim, have the necessary expertise to assess the impact of faith on those children when they advise the courts. more like this
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Lord Warner more like this
star this property uin HL3029 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-12-04more like thismore than 2014-12-04
star this property answer text <p /> <p>All Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) practitioners are qualified social workers with experience of working with children and families to represent the best interests of children within family proceedings. It is the practitioner's responsibility to identify any diversity issues, including a child or family’s faith, in any case and to assess any safeguarding or welfare issues. Practitioners will analyse each individual child's circumstances, taking account of relevant aspects of the Welfare Checklist in section 1 of the Children Act 1989, when assessing their needs and how these are best met.</p><p> </p><p>Each Cafcass service area has a responsibility to identify the diversity needs of groups of children living in their area who they are working with, and to take action accordingly. Cafcass’ Equality and Diversity Strategy (2013-15) explains how it shares best practice across teams and service areas, collating lessons learnt from a range of sources. Where staff attend training courses, the learning is shared with the rest of the service area and communicated to Cafcass’ group of Diversity Ambassadors. Representatives from local groups are invited to team meetings to discuss the work that they do and practitioners are encouraged to use these groups as a resource when considering casework decisions.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Faulks more like this
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less than 2014-12-04T16:02:53.487Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-04T16:02:53.487Z
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4183
star this property label Biography information for Lord Faulks more like this
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1732
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Warner more like this
89861
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-08-29more like thismore than 2014-08-29
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints have been (a) made and (b) upheld against the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newbury more like this
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Richard Benyon more like this
star this property uin 207300 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The following table sets out the number of complaints received by Cafcass in each of the last three years:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial</strong></p><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of complaints </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>1,264</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,496</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>1,596</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In 2012 Cafcass simplified their complaints process, reducing the number of stages involved from three to one and ending the classification of complaints as ‘upheld’. Figures for the number of upheld complaints during this period do not, therefore, exist. The focus of the complaints system is now on putting things right for service users while their case is ongoing so that any necessary remedial action can be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The rising trend shown by the figures is, in part, a reflection of the increase in the volume of cases which Cafcass dealt with during this period. However, the main factors which have contributed to the rising trend are Cafcass’ focus on raising awareness of the complaints process for service users.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Hughes more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 207284 more like this
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less than 2014-09-05T15:12:49.7960725Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-05T15:12:49.7960725Z
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194
star this property label Biography information for Simon Hughes more like this
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1547
unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Benyon more like this
89868
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-08-29more like thismore than 2014-08-29
star this property answering body
Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading CAFCASS remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints have been made against the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the last three years; and how many such complaints have been upheld. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newbury more like this
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Richard Benyon more like this
star this property uin 207284 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-05more like thismore than 2014-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The following table sets out the number of complaints received by Cafcass in each of the last three years:</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Financial</strong></p><p><strong>Year</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Number of complaints </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2011-12</p></td><td><p>1,264</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2012-13</p></td><td><p>1,496</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>2013-14</p></td><td><p>1,596</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong> </strong></p><p>In 2012 Cafcass simplified their complaints process, reducing the number of stages involved from three to one and ending the classification of complaints as ‘upheld’. Figures for the number of upheld complaints during this period do not, therefore, exist. The focus of the complaints system is now on putting things right for service users while their case is ongoing so that any necessary remedial action can be taken.</p><p> </p><p>The rising trend shown by the figures is, in part, a reflection of the increase in the volume of cases which Cafcass dealt with during this period. However, the main factors which have contributed to the rising trend are Cafcass’ focus on raising awareness of the complaints process for service users.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
star this property answering member printed Simon Hughes more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 207300 more like this
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less than 2014-09-05T15:12:49.7179131Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-05T15:12:49.7179131Z
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194
star this property label Biography information for Simon Hughes more like this
star this property tabling member
1547
unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Benyon more like this