Cafcass – What does it do?

Cafcass champions the interests of children involved in family proceedings, advising the family courts in England on what it considers to be in the best interests of individual children.

Cafcass’ professionally qualified social work staff, called Family Court Advisers (FCAs), work exclusively in the family courts. Examples of matters that may be decided by family courts are:

  • When children are subject to an application for care or supervision proceedings by social services (public law).
  • An adoption application (public law).
  • When parents who are separating or divorcing can’t agree on arrangements for their children (private law).

Applications for care or surpervision provisions and adoption applications are dealt with under public law.  However, arrangements being made when parents are divorcing are dealt with under private law.