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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service no longer has key stakeholders. (189978)

I have been asked to reply.

This is a matter for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Anthony Douglas, the chief executive has written to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his letter has been placed in the House Library.

Letter from Anthony Douglas, dated 12 March 2008:

I am writing to you in response to the Parliamentary Question that you tabled recently:

189978—Ms Susan Kramer to ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service no longer has key stakeholders.

Cafcass has not changed its policy or operational protocols in respect of our key stakeholders. We work in partnership with other public sector organisations, particularly in the family justice system as well as with third sector and private companies who we either commission services from or work together with on specific projects and programmes. We regularly attend national and local Family Justice Councils, and all Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England. We have many active partnerships with organisations to develop joint policies or service agreements. Cafcass has an active Young Peoples Board, with membership drawn from children and young people who are either current or past service users. We are intending to extend this level of participation in the next financial year to focus on adult participation, building on the outcomes of focus groups we have held this year. Cafcass is proud of the high level of partnership working carried out throughout the organisation, and we aim to continue this policy. This includes a widely advertised open Board meeting every year, held in a different English city on each occasion.

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