The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have published their annual report and accounts for 2013-14.
The below key points are taken from the Cafcass website.
We worked with 142,711 children and young people across England.
We received 10,606 care applications, a 4.5% decrease on 2012-13. This is in contrast to previous increases: 8.35 in 2012-12, 11.4% in 2011-12, 4.2% in 2010-11, and 36% in 2009-10.
We received a rating of ‘good’ in our first single national inspection by Ofsted, with ‘outstanding’ leadership and governance.
During 2013-14, the number of unallocated care cases has never exceeded 0.3% of the total stock of open care cases, with care cases being allocated to a Children’s Guardian in less than one working day on average.
Private law applications rose 2% from 46,465 in 2012-2013 to 22,723 in March 2014. This is the highest ever annual total for private law cases received.
Attendance at Separated Parents Information Programmes continued with the same numbers as last year, with 19,000 adults attending
Sickness absence was 7.3 days on average for practitioners (a decrease from 7.4 days in 2012-13) and 7.0 for all staff (unchanged from 2012-13). Our sickness absence levels are amongst the lowest in the wider public sector.
This reports notes that from April 2014 sponsorship of Cafcass transferred from DfE to MoJ.