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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many people are employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS), broken down by (a) part-time and (b) full-time staff; and what the average length of service is of CAFCASS employees; (134252)

(2) what the average length of time taken for a case before the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service officer was in (a) the last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years.

These are matters for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Anthony Douglas, the Chief Executive, will write to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his letter will be placed in the House Library.

Letter from Anthony Douglas, dated 30 April 2007:

I am writing to you in response to the two Parliamentary Questions that you tabled recently.

The table below details the number of part-time and full-time staff CAFCASS currently employs.

CAFCASS staff

Full-time

1,405

Part-time

491

Total

1,896

In 2006/07, of the cases that CAFCASS closed, the average duration was as follows:

Cases

Days

Public

334

Private

257

This was the first year CAFCASS could collect these figures, following the introduction of our national case management system. Prior to this, the pre-CAFCASS legacy systems prevented us being able to arrive at a robust national figure.

A copy of this reply will be placed in the House Library.