Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – has been praised by education inspectorate Ofsted.
Cafcass works to support and promote the interests of children involved in adoption and care proceedings, as well as private family disputes.
In a newly published report, the inspectorate said Cafcass had seen significant improvement over the last five years, developing from a position of inadequacy in 2009-10 to an operating status now rated consistently good.
Cafcass social workers worked consistently well with families and helped to ensure that children’s best interests were protected, it claimed.
Cafcass welcomed the news. Chief Executive Anthony Douglas said:
“This result is the culmination of five years of grit and determination from our organisation, with a continued focus on driving forward improvements for the 140,000 children we work with every year.
“We have been relentless in pursuing a strong performance management framework – there is now no hiding place for poor practice in Cafcass. Equally, we have massively strengthened our learning and development support for hard pressed staff, to give them the skills and tools they need to carry out difficult work.”
Developments at Cafcass showed, he claimed, that they had “a culture of innovation which shows the public sector can be as innovative as the private sector.”