Cafcass signs online reference tool deal

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service chief executive Anthony Douglas (pictured) has agreed to sign his organisation up to Community Care Inform, the online reference tool for practitioners working with children and families.

Under the deal, struck with Community Care’s publishing director Trevor Parker, Cafcass has bought 1500 licences over the next year, providing access to CC Inform for all of the organisation’s family court advisors.

The system contains case law summaries, policy and legislation guides, research reviews and expert articles, designed to inform practice.

Explaining his decision, Douglas said: “In a dispersed national organisation getting information to practitioners is crucial at the point when they need it.”

A survey of Cafcass practitioners who trialled the system found 92% rated the site as good or excellent and 61% agreed strongly that it saved them time in their work.

Cafcass will also be joining CC Inform’s editorial board to influence its content, particularly on private law.

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Mithran Samuel

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