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The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Cafcass: London & National Issues

Further to my earlier post about the problem solving strategy of Cafcass in London (allocate all cases whether anyone can actually do the work or not) I am now told that Cafcass in London has run out of money to pay any self-employed Guardians for the rest of this year.

I have also recently been involved in a case when an employed Guardian gave evidence to the court that she did not see it as part of her role to make visits to the family as that was for social services to do. It is difficult to see what added value there is in an independent professional simply reading the papers. Whatever happened to the eyes and ears of the court?

Having said that I have also been recently impressed by a Guardian expressing an entirely independent view from the local authority having gone to the trouble of assessing the family members for herself and observing contact.

I would be interested to know what your experience of the waiting list problems are and whether the President's trouble shooting ideas are being implemented anywhere? I understnad that on the Northern Circuit there is an office duty scheme in operation. Is it helping?

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