What is CAFCASS?


Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. A service that is independent from the courts and undertakes a safeguarding check (including any previous police and social services involvement with the parties) prior to the first hearing. CAFCASS also provides information and advice as to the best interests of the children throughout proceedings, if required to do so. In Care proceedings, a CAFCASS officer will be the child’s court appointed guardian who looks after their interests from a legal perspective.


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