Cafcass Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17
Section 1 | The performance report | Overview
Inuence We aim to share our expertise and ideas on how best to meet the needs of
children and families involved in family proceedings, drawing on knowledge
from our frontline staff and the FJYPB, to better support those we work with.
We build and maintain positive working relationships with partner organisations
and interest groups so that we can share tools and knowledge to contribute to
wider sector improvement.
The following timeline highlights some of the key areas of work where we have
demonstrated our inuence.
We were involved in a case, Re Z,
at the High Court which will lead to
a change in legislationtoallow
are also working with the
Department of Health and surrogacy
groups to produce clear guidance
on how surrogacy works in the UK,
including our safeguarding role.
4 drew attention to the issue of
coercive control: a blog from our
Principal Social Worker Sarah
Parsons promoted the child as
central to proceedings and set
out our structured framework for
responding to risk within such
cases. This includes the use of
evidence-based tools to assess the
impact of domestic abuse and
analyse whether contact is safe and
in the best interests of the child.
leadershipas an example of good
practice for the sector, creating a
context for excellent practice by
designing strong systems to
support improvement. Of particular
note was our use of technology
to build culture and relationships
across geographic locations.
We attended Departmentfor
help design the new system for social
workers and identify issues that will
affect Cafcass as the largest
national employer of social workers.
We responded to a consultation in
March, noting that any new
accreditation should help to build a
sustainable workforce and fully engage
with existing expertise in social work
across local authorities, Cafcass and
safeguardingand the voice of the
child from our private law work with
families in court and pre-court pilots.
This is part of joint work to develop
a clear out-of-court pathway, where
this is safe and appropriate. Progress
of this work was shared with family
People’sBoardcontinue to be
inuential within the family justice
sector to ensure that children are
at the heart of policy and practice.
Members organised and led their
annual Voice of the Child conference
for an audience of 200 professionals
from the sector. This year its focus
was on communication with children
and young people during
We provided our views on the new
framework in response to the Ofsted
emphasised that inspections should
be proportionate and used to drive
We have continuedtowork
and improve our joint processes,
including agreeing a standard
e-ling format for reports. This
ongoing partnership is essential to
future system-wide improvement.