A focus on driving improvement; a single national inspection of Cafcass performance

15 Jan 2013

Ofsted today launches its consultation on the proposed changes to the inspection of Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) to drive improvement for children involved in the family courts proceedings.

Over the last four years, Ofsted has inspected practice in each of Cafcass’ individual services areas. From 2013, Ofsted proposes to conduct an annual inspection of Cafcass as a national organisation, supported by a detailed examination of practice in up to six local service areas.

By carrying out an annual single inspection, Ofsted will capture evidence both at local level and across nationally delivered functions. The greatest weight will be given to the quality of work at local level in the key statutory functions of making recommendations and providing advice to the family courts on how best to safeguard and promote the welfare of children subject to proceedings.

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