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Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many forms Family Court advisers engaged by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service are required to complete in respect of a (a) private and (b) public law case;

(2) what change in caseload the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service experienced between June 2008 and December 2009; and if he will make a statement;

(3) what progress the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has made in agreeing with the relevant trade unions a new workload guideline; and if he will make a statement;

(4) what the average caseload was for Family Court Advisors in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in London on the latest date for which figures are available; and what the average caseload was for such advisors on 31 March 2008;

(5) what the outcomes were of the time recording exercise undertaken during April 2008 on the time being spent on public and private family law cases;

(6) what the average payment made to front-line agency (a) staff and (b) managers employed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service was in the latest period for which figures are available;

(7) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been disciplined because of poor performance in the last 12 months;

(8) how many complaints the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has received from staff in relation to bullying in the last 12 months;

(9) what classification the 2004 Workload Agreement of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service gave of a reasonable time to complete a private law case;

(10) whether family court advisors in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with guidance on making telephone calls rather than making family visits in respect of certain cases;

(11) how many (a) individual and (b) collective staff grievance procedures at the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service were outstanding on the latest date for which figures are available;

(12) how many agency staff the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has employed in the last 12 months;

(13) whether staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with guidance on reducing costs in relation to (a) travel and (b) conducting interviews in people's homes;

(14) how much the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has spent on agency staff in each of its regions in 2009-10;

(15) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been issued with a performance improvement notice in the last 12 months;

(16) how many Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff have been the subject of a quality improvement review in the last 12 months;

(17) how many (a) family court advisors and (b) self-employed contractors have ceased to work for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the last 12 months;

(18) how many staff of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been the subject of formal performance and conduct procedures in the last 12 months;

(19) what the average caseload was for a Family Court Adviser in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service on 31 March 2009;

(20) whether the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service has ceased to commission self-employed contractors;

(21) whether Family Court Advisers in the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service have been directed not to attend local authority review meetings.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

These are operational matters for CAFCASS. I have asked the chief executive of CAFCASS, Anthony Douglas, to respond by letter to the hon. Member. A copy of the letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

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