Cafcass stops allocating ‘less urgent’ cases to social workers in another region due to ‘saturated capacity’

Cafcass will defer allocating “less urgent” private law cases to family court advisers (FCAs) in Greater Manchester for up to 20 weeks because its capacity has become “saturated”.

The move extends the family courts body’s policy of prioritising cases, which is already in place across six areas of the West Midlands, and reflects significant pressures on practitioners caused by rising demand and delays in processing family court cases due to the pandemic.

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