Cafcass were asked:
Can you please provide the number of Cafcass Practitioners (or Family Court Advisors if you prefer that term) employed by or contracted by Cafcass, identified by region. Please provide this information by ‘year beginning’ for the past three years. ie: Beginning of 2015, 2016, and beginning 2017.
Cafcass responded: Please see table one below for this information. These figures include employed (including Bank and Sessional practitioners) and agency practitioners. They also include Self Employed Contractors (SECs) with an active caseload as at these dates.
As Cafcass does not have SEC data for January 2015 and the service area from this period would be inaccurate given changes to service area structure, data has only been provided for January 2016 and January 2017.
|Region||Service Area||1st Jan 2016||1st Jan 2017|
|Tyneside and Northumbria||A1||51||54|
|Durham, Teesside, North
Yorkshire, York, Cumbria and
|South Yorkshire and
|Hampshire, The Isle of Wight
Wiltshire and Thames Valley
|Cornwall, Devon and
|Cheshire and Merseyside||A9||95||100|
|Birmingham, the Black
Country, Shropshire and
|National Business Centre,
|Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk,
|Greater London (Public Law)||A15a||131||146|
|Greater London (Private Law)||A15b||80||85|
|Surrey and Sussex||A16||54||57|
|N/A (Self Employed Contractors)||SEC||2||2|
|FCAs who left||132||101||140||111|
|FCAs who left under a compromise agreement||0||3||4||0|
|Cafcass referrals to HCPC about an FCA||5||0||3||4|
|HCPC registration gender breakdown - all social workers||81.56%||18.44%|
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