Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Cafcass is independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies. The remit We operate within the law set by Parliament and under the rules and directions of the family courts. Our role is to: safeguard and promote the welfare of children give advice to the family courts make provision for children to be represented provide information, advice and support to children and their families.
Cafcass was set up on 1st April 2001 under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act which brought together the family court services previously provided by the Family Court Welfare Service, the Guardian ad Litem Service and the Children’s Division of the Official Solicitor’s Office. We are a non-departmental public body accountable to Michael Gove, MP, the Secretary of State for Education in the Department for Education (DfE). We work within the strategic objectives agreed by our sponsor department and contribute to wider government objectives relating to children.
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