This is a matter 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 reply will be placed in the House Library.
Letter from Anthony Douglas, dated 25 July 2007:
I am writing to you in response to the Parliamentary Question that you tabled recently:
151919—To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to outsource work undertaken by CAFCASS.
Presently Cafcass outsources the following areas of work; IT, payroll and internal audit services, and approximately 15% of overall casework, which is allocated to self-employed contractors, all of whom are qualified and experienced social work practitioners.
Cafcass does not plan to outsource any further work, although the potential for shared services will continue to be considered with suitable partner organisations should the need and opportunity arise.
A copy of this reply will be placed in the House Library.