Ofsted have once again pulled no punches in their investigation into CAFCASS, with the South East Region being the most recent to be investigated. Unacceptable delays, poor reports to the court, weak recording, inconsistent assessment and poor management supervision are highlighted in the Ofsted Report.
CAFCASS South East have understandably prioritised resources to public law proceedings which has left investigations into private law cases poorly resourced. Quality is affected which leads to poor outcomes for children. The Government needs to prioritise funding for this service if it is to meet its unfulfilled promise to combat the UK's poor record on child welfare.
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