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Nagalro publishes guide to Cafcass's professional time guidance

Nagalro explains its action to secure change

Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru's Draft Guidance on the Use of Professional Time to Benefit Children (which has been modified since its original publication) came to Nagalro's attention a year ago. 

Cafcass was asked to withdraw the document and consult with stakeholders, but it decided not to do so. Nagalro then issued a judicial review claim, challenging both the lack of consultation and the substance of the document. The claim was recently settled because Cafcass made concessions and modified the July 2017 document following discussions with Nagalro. It also agreed to the publication of solicitors' correspondence clarifying certain aspects of it.

Nagalro has published a Guide to interpreting and lawfully applying Cafcass's professional time guidance. Judith Timms OBE, Nagalro Policy Consultant, has also written an article explaining the action Nagalro has taken to air members' concerns, to champion the interests of the children they represent and to secure change.

Nagalro's Guide to the professional time uidance is intended to inform children's guardians, family court advisers and independent social workers how they can benefit from what Nagalro has learnt during the judicial review proceedings about how the document is intended to be interpreted, to identify aspects of it that remain legally problematic and to recommend other material which may be helpful should problems arise. 

For Nagalro's Guide, click here. Judith Timms's article is here.