A new agreement launched by ADCS and Cafcass aims to strengthen the ways in which social workers work together for children facing the care system.
At a time when demand levels for care proceedings remain high, ADCS and Cafcass have agreed how social workers in both local authorities and those acting as guardians in family proceedings can better work together during care proceedings and pre-proceedings in the family courts.
The agreement, which was launched on 10th February, confirms a ‘culture of urgency’ for children and young people. It acknowledges the pressure on the care system and sets out how local authorities and Cafcass aim to work together to secure swift outcomes for children, young people and their families. It also recognises the distinct role social workers and guardians play and provides a framework for resolving disputes between professionals.
The agreement applies to both care proceedings and work to divert cases away from court, where this is the right thing to do for a child.