Service chair wants inspectorate change

    The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service should
    no longer be inspected by the courts regulator but assessed
    alongside other children’s services, MPs and lords have been
    told.

    Cafcass chair Baroness Pitkeathley told the parliamentary joint
    committee on the draft Children (Contact) and Adoption Bill that
    the service was in talks with the Department for Education and
    Skills about moving out of the Magistrates’ Courts Service
    Inspectorate’s regulatory regime.

    This could mean the Commission for Social Care Inspection or Ofsted
    taking over responsibility for regulating the service.

    She said Cafcass needed to be at the heart of children’s services
    arrangements so that it could intervene earlier in child custody
    cases and prevent them from reaching court.

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