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In response to the NAO report about the support provided by Cafcass for children within the family court system, Children’s Minister Tim Loughton said:
Cafcass has faced some serious challenges to respond to the continued high level of care applications in the family justice system. The Government allocated an additional £10 million to Cafcass to support improvements in the way they operate and as today’s report highlights, they are improving. But they must make sure they use this investment to improve their performance and effectiveness so they can manage future demand in the system and ensure children’s welfare is protected. In the long term, we are looking at how best to take forward the two recommendations in the report and will be considering the role of Cafcass as part of the wider review of the family justice system.