Delay for children as result of longer case durations is “single most pressing issue” for family justice system, warns Cafcass in new strategic plan
15th November 2023
Local Government Lawyer
The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has published its strategic plan for 2023-26, in which it warns that delay for children as a result of longer case durations is now the “single most pressing issue” for the family justice system.
Ambitious for Children, published last week (8 November), sets out the organisation’s strategic ambitions on practice, people and partners.
Looking at its progress in relation to practice, Cafcass noted that while the number of new children’s cases is reducing (there were 10.9% fewer applications in the year 2022-23 compared to 2019-20), the number of open children’s cases has increased and they are taking longer to close.
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