Type of service:
National Organisation
National Office, Cafcass , 21 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3HF
Telephone number:
0300 456 4000
Service description:
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 may only become involved in a case when directed to do so by the court, they cannot accept self-referrals and are unable to provide support to cases they are not involved in.

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).

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Age range:
4 years, 11 months - 18 years
Opening hours:
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Eligibility criteria:
  • Family Court Proceedings
Referral route:
  • Professional Referral
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