Guardians to boycott body

    Four hundred children’s guardians have said they will not join
    the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service,
    according to the guardians’ professional association.

    The National Association of Guardians Ad Litem and Reporting
    Officers has received 400 letters from guardians, who are
    self-employed, saying the salaried employment contract offered by
    Cafcass is “unacceptable”, following its decision to renege on
    offering self-employed contracts.

    The number represents more than half of the 750 guardians,
    threatening to bring the service to the point of collapse from

    Cafcass’s contingency plans include a recruitment campaign
    launched this month for “family court advisers” in child care law
    proceedings. A Cafcass spokesperson said it had already had 500
    expressions of interest.

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