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DCSF drops plans to allow unnamed guardians

Ed Balls writes to Sir Mark Potter with change

The DCSF has dropped plans to allow CAFCASS to be named as a guardian in public law proceedings. Changes to legislation were slated to be announced in the Queen's Speech this week but, according to a report in Community Care, Ed Balls, the Secretary of State, had earlier written to Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division, stating that

"As you are aware, we have considered the option of amending primary legislation to clarify the appointment and accountability of Cafcass officers, but we have decided that this is not the right course to pursue at this time,"

However Balls was still keen to tackle the problems and so he added that

"To drive this forward I understand that Baroness Morgan will be seeking an opportunity to meet with you over the next few days and will also be speaking with other stakeholders."

The change of mind is thought to be in response to the pressure from the Interdisciplinary Alliance for Children, a coalition of 20 leading children organisations formed to fight the proposals.

More on this story can be found on the Community Care website here.