Guardians ponder tougher entry rules

    The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is
    considering raising the entry bar for social workers seeking to
    become children’s guardians.

    Under the plan, staff would need five years’ post-qualification
    experience to become guardians, rather than the current three
    years.

    It is being considered as part of chief executive Anthony Douglas’
    five-year strategy to transform the organisation, although a
    Cafcass spokesperson said there were “no hard and fast plans” to
    proceed.

    The move was welcomed by guardians’ association Nagalro, whose
    chair Alison Paddle said: “The guardian role involves a critical
    appraisal of social services departments… The expectation of the
    court is that you have somebody with sufficient skills and
    experience.”

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