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Court Reporters - CAFCASS - CAFCASS is a lottery

CAFCASS is now a lottery and it’s official:

‘I can confirm that Baroness Pitkeathley has been appointed the new Chair of CAFCASS.

Any correspondence can be sent to:

Secretariat Department
2nd Floor, Newspaper House
8-16 Great New Street

Kind Regards

Victoria Evans
Communications Officer
CAFCASS Headquarters
Telephone 020 7210 4416’

And according to the Guardian:

The head of the fund which distributes national lottery grants to health and education projects has been appointed chairwoman of the beleaguered Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. [CAFCASS]

The appointment of Labour peer Lady Jill Pitkeathley, chairwoman of the New Opportunities Fund and a former social worker, came just a week after the constitutional affairs secretary, Lord Falconer, demanded the resignation of the entire board of the heavily criticised £70m child welfare agency.


The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) said all but one member of the Cafcass board has now resigned.

New Board for CAFCASS
Margaret Hodge, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, announced
the appointment of a Board for CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory
and Support Service). The new Board members are as follows:

Gillian Baranski Justices Chief Executive, South Wales Magistrates?
Courts Committee, and a barrister. She was formerly Clerk to the Cardiff
Justices/Chief Legal Advisor to the Cardiff Justices and has over 20 years
experience of Family Courts. She is a resident of Wales.

Jennifer Bernard - Director of Services for Children and Young People,
NSPCC. She has previously been Chief Executive of the Central Council for
Education and Training in Social Work and Director of Social Services at
Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council.

Margo Boye-Anawoma - a barrister specialising in children law. She is also a
Deputy District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division in
London and a committee member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Erica De’Ath OBE - Chief Executive, National Council of Voluntary Child Care
Organisations and previously Chief Executive of the National Stepfamily
Association. She is a Trustee of the National Children’s Bureau, and has
published widely on family and children?s issues.

Mark Eldridge Director of Legal Operations, Greater London Magistrates?
Courts Authority and a barrister. He was formerly Chair of the Association
of Justices? Chief Executives before taking up his present post.

Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE Former Chief Executive of ChildLine she
also worked for many years at Chief Officer and Assistant Chief Officer
level in social services departments. She serves on the Board of the Food
Standards Agency, is Trustee of a number of Children’s charities and a
patron of the National Youth Advocacy Scheme. She was vice-chair of the
National Care Standards Commission and is secretary to the All Parliamentary
Children’s Group.

Harry Marsh - A member of the General Social Care Council and a freelance
consultant. He was Chief Executive of Contact a Family, and he was
previously an Assistant Director of Family Service Units. He is a Trustee
and Vice Chair of the National Children’s Bureau.

Richard Sax - a family law solicitor and partner at Manches. He is a Deputy
District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division. He is a
founder member and former Chair of the Solicitors Family Law Association,
and has been a member of its Children Committee since its inception.

Judith Timms OBE - An independent consultant and former Chief Executive of
the National Youth Advocacy Service. She is an Hon research fellow in the
Faculty of Law at the University of Liverpool and a Vice President of the
Family Mediators Association. An experienced Guardian ad Litem, her
publications include Manual of Practice Guidance for Guardians ad Litem and
Reporting Officers.

Professor Jane Tunstill - Professor of Social Work and Head of Department,
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London.
She has worked in the voluntary and statutory child care sectors, and has
undertaken a wide range of commissioned research studies on services for
children and families.

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