Learning and Improvement Board

The Learning and Improvement Board oversees an improvement programme for Cafcass’ work with children and families who have experienced domestic abuse.

The priorities for improvement include the findings of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Expert Panel on Harm in the Family Courts (2020).

Objectives

  • To oversee and energise improvements in Cafcass social work practice in relation to domestic abuse, drawing on expertise from partners across the family justice system, international examples of good practice and learning from children and parents with experience of our service.
  • To identify and agree a range of improvement priorities for Cafcass in relation to domestic abuse, agreeing milestones and monitoring progress.
  • To support the improvement of recorded evidence such that it shows clarity of reasoning and helps families and children to understand our analysis and recommendations to the family court.
  • To build professional confidence among families and representative organisations in the quality of Cafcass’ work with children and families who have experienced domestic abuse.

The Board is co-chaired by Cathy Ashley (Chief Executive of Family Rights Group) and Angela Frazer-Wicks (Trustee of Family Rights Group and a founding member of its Parents’ Panel). The Board is made up of professionals, and parents and young people who have lived experience of the family justice system. The full membership of the Board can be found in the Terms of Reference.

Terms of Reference

Cafcass Learning and Improvement Board – Terms of Reference

Cafcass Domestic Abuse Learning and Improvement Plan

Cafcass Domestic Abuse Learning and Improvement Plan

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