Cafcass and Case Workload 2016 and 2017

You are here:
Estimated reading time: 1 min

Much is made of how busy Cafcass FCAs are and the increases in case loads over the last few years. Indeed, Anthony Douglas, in response to a question about why his FCAs don’t do their training or attend his webinars on Parental Alienation, replied to say that his FCAs were far too busy to do their training! Leaving aside his fitness to hold his office after a statement like that, we’ve laid out the case loads below so that you can see for yourselves how busy Cafcass actually are.

2016 Cafcass Case Workload

RegionService AreaNumber of Private Law Cases 2016Number of Public Law cases 2016Number of FCAs at 1st Jan 2016
Tyneside and Northumbria A1133581751
Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York, Cumbria and LancashireA226071803114
Greater Manchester A32318118582
South Yorkshire and Humberside A4173097960
West Yorkshire A5193691172
Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and Dorset A6201480052
Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Thames ValleyA72518109986
Cornwall, Devon and SomersetA8173270162
Cheshire and Merseyside A93322152495
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire A1082075055
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire A11252971265
Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire and Worcestershire A122837132196
National Business Centre, Coventry, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire A13137160563
Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire A1435831665117
Greater London (Public Law) A15A312582131
Greater London (Private Law) A15B47511880
Surrey and Sussex A16140769054
Kent A17134946543
N/A (Self Employed Contractors)SEC151402
Totals39704186271380

2017 Cafcass Case Workload

It’s important to note that these figures on 2017 case loads were obtained in October 2017 and do not represent a full calendar year.

RegionService AreaNumber of Private Law Cases 2017Number of Public Law Cases 2017Number of FCAs at 1st Jan 2017
Tyneside and Northumbria A1107656154
Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York, Cumbria and LancashireA222511346109
Greater Manchester A31850100079
South Yorkshire and Humberside A4144086665
West Yorkshire A5167267867
Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and Dorset A6158955951
Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Thames ValleyA7197481286
Cornwall, Devon and SomersetA8131454868
Cheshire and Merseyside A921561133100
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire A1053863251
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire A11216559767
Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire and Worcestershire A122484103397
National Business Centre, Coventry, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire A1399844066
Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire A1431101176117
Greater London (Public Law) A15A21876146
Greater London (Private Law) A15B38191685
Surrey and Sussex A16118649257
Kent A17100538440
N/A (Self Employed Contractors)SEC139362
Totals32022141551407

Training by Service Area

It may be useful for you to compare training rates against workloads per service area so we are reposting the attendance rates for the Anthony Douglas webinars on Parental Alienation and on Emotional Harm below for your reference.

RegionService AreaNumber of FCAs January 2017FCAs who attended Anthony Douglas Parental Alienation WebinarFCAs who attended Anthony Douglas Emotional Harm Webinar
Tyneside and Northumbria A15420
Durham, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York, Cumbria and LancashireA210932
Greater Manchester A37910
South Yorkshire and Humberside A46521
West Yorkshire A56703
Hampshire, The Isle of Wight and Dorset A65102
Avon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Thames ValleyA78622
Cornwall, Devon and SomersetA86812
Cheshire and Merseyside A910030
Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire A105110
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire A116730
Birmingham, the Black Country, Shropshire and Worcestershire A129731
National Business Centre, Coventry, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire A136620
Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire A1411712
Greater London (Public Law) A15A1465 in total for A15a and A15b3 in total for A15a and A15b
Greater London (Private Law) A15B85see row abovesee row above
Surrey and Sussex A165723
Kent A174011
N/A (Self Employed Contractors)SEC200
Totals14073222

Find your service area, look at the case load for this area for 2016 and for 2017, look at the numbers of FCAs employed to cover that area and now look at how many of them bothered to attend the training on Emotional Harm or on Parental Alienation.

Feel free to comment below on whether you think that this is acceptable.

Was this article helpful?
No