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I say MEDIATION NOT LITIGATION.. If they don't keep records of how many have already participated in mediation. One can only assume that they do not wish you to engage in mediation. Also by keeping records, it would show just how many parents do not engage in mediation prior to court proceedings. All it takes is one parent to not agree to mediation, for mediation not to take place. If records were kept, I believe that the records would show that the resident parent (parent with care) is the one who is not willing to engage in mediation in the vast majority of cases. Why mediate, when you hold all the cards, and the balance of power/control.

Families mediate during the relationship, when the family is intact. Why should they not be encouraged to mediate after family breakdown.

It is my belief if records are not kept in a given scenario,or are not divulged when asked for, then i can only assume that something is being hidden. And that THEY do not want the truth to come out.

MAKE MEDIATION COMPULSORY by Mike Wiffen

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2007-06-06b.140264.h#g140264.r0

Written answers
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Education and Skills
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service.

All Written Answers on 6 Jun 2007

Anne McIntosh (Vale of York, Conservative) | Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) what action is planned to be taken on (a) workforce satisfaction with management and (b) workloads following the 2006 Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff survey;

(2) whether he plans to publish statistics on the ethnicity of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service caseload;

(3) how many vacancies there are in each Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service region in both (a) public and (b) private law;

(4) how many parents in 2005-06 were referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service following an application of the court; and how many had already participated in mediation;

Anne McIntosh (Vale of York, Conservative) Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the policy of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is on co-parenting.

Parmjit Dhanda (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Education and Skills) | Hansard source

These are matters for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass). Anthony Douglas, the Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his letter on will be placed in the House Library.

Letter from Anthony Douglas, dated 5 June 2007:

I am writing to you in response to the five of the seven Parliamentary Questions that you tabled recently:

140264—To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what action is planned to be taken on (a) workforce satisfaction with management and (b) workloads following the 2006 Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service staff survey.

An action plan is being prepared in response to the recent Cafcass staff survey including a stronger staff engagement strategy. There are no plans to change existing guidance on workloads, which has been in place for 3 years, and which has been agreed with Cafcass's trade unions. Cafcass believes it does have to take additional steps to increase workforce satisfaction with some aspects of the way in which the organisation works, and will be seeking the views of staff and trade unions about how this can best be done. Cafcass is determined to provide its service users with the very best possible service it can within the resources available.

140265—To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans to publish statistics on the ethnicity of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service caseload.

Cafcass has been implementing a new Case Recording System during the year. As a result diversity data is not yet complete or robust enough to publish this data in its annual report. For 2006/07 Cafcass intends to publish this data in future years, starting in its annual report for 2007/08.

140266—To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many vacancies there are in each Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service region in both (a) public and (b) private law.

The table below indicates the vacancies as at 31 May 2007. Cafcass does not categorise practitioners into private and public law.

Region FCA vacancies (whole time equivalents) Support worker vacancies (whole time equivalent)

East Midlands 2.5 1.5
Eastern 10.71 9.4
Greater London 9 0
North East 0 1.85
North West 6.5 7.3
South East 1.5 1.73
South West 1.5 2.5
Southern 0.5 4.0
West Midlands 4 4.0
Yorkshire and Humberside 5.5 6.0

140269—To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many parents in 2005-06 were referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service following an application of the court; and how many had already participated in mediation.

In 2005-06 we received 26,144 applications for section 7 reports and 645 applications for Family Assisted Orders. Neither Cafcass nor Her Majesty's Courts Service keep statistics on how many of these had participated in mediation prior to application.140272—To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the policy of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is on co-parenting.

Cafcass policy is to consider all options, including co-parenting. It will recommend co-parenting to a court if in a specific case, it considers that it would be in the best interests of the child or young person concerned.

In other words. If resident parent agrees to co-parenting,then Cafcass will go along with with co-parenting.

A copy of this reply will be placed in the House Library.

"The cost to the good citizens for their indifference in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men"

http://www.human-rights.org/confraud.htm#records

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