CAFCASS, the independent body that employs Guardians to assess Parents and children and then issues a report, to the Family Court arena,are failing by as much as 75%, within several parts of the UK.
Due to increase of Care Proceedings, since the horrendous death of Baby Peter, within Haringey, Social Services are taking Babies, on Emergency Protection Orders, from Hospitals, within hours of birth, in many Cases, the Local Authority have very little evidence to support such drastic action.
With the alarmingly increase in Care Proceedings, there is a backlog of cases, resulting in a roller coaster effect, requiring more Guardians, within the West Midlands, there is a waiting list for for the former,one of my clients is 65th, on the waiting list, which is not acceptable, when the Public Law Guidelines, state that these professionals should become involved within a week, of a case reaching the Family Court arena.
The above leaves Parents, with more heartache, with being apart from their beloved children, for a longer period.
The Family Courts within the UK, ARE IN UTTER MELTDOWN.