Our Middlesbrough Family Solicitor explains;-

CAFCASS stands for ‘Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’.


CAFCASS is an independent organisation, which means that it is independent of the courts, social services, education and health authorities and all similar agencies.

CAFCASS operate under the rules and regulations of the court.

Their role is to:

  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children;
  • Give advice to the family courts;
  • Make provision for children to be represented;
  • Provide information, advice and support to children and their families.

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’ professionally qualified social work staff, called ‘Family Court Advisers’ (FCAs), work exclusively in the family courts. They deal with cases about residence (custody), contact (access) and care proceedings (e.g. where social services are involved).

In care proceedings the CAFCASS officer is referred to as the Guardian.

If you would like legal advice or help with your case, please contact our Family Solicitors for specialist advice and support.  You can contact us by completing our contact form and requesting a call back, calling us on 01642 293427 or sending a private message to us via our Facebook page, which is monitored daily. 

We work hard to get the best results possible for our clients – read our testimonials.