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Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) becomes part of the Ministry of Jus

The welfare of children will be brought closer to the family court system as key safeguarding organisation Cafcass joins the Ministry of Justice, Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.

Cafcass looks after the interests of children involved in family court cases and helps over 145,000 children and young people who are involved in divorce or separation and care or adoption cases every year. Cafcass makes sure children’s welfare is put first during court proceedings.

Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:

"Today the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) becomes part of the Ministry of Justice."

Today’s transfer follows the Family Justice Review’s recommendation in 2011 that Cafcass join the Ministry of Justice to ‘bring court social work functions closer to the court process’.

Chief Executive of Cafcass Anthony Douglas CBE said:

We have worked closely with MoJ and DfE colleagues ahead of this transfer to ensure continuity of service and to maximise the opportunities it presents. The move is an opportunity to strengthen the perspectives of children in wider MoJ policy. I am pleased with the positive response we have had to our initial ideas about how we might do this together."

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