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Children And Family Courts Advisory And Support Service

EDM number 282 in 2001-02, proposed by Hilton Dawson on 22/10/2001.

That this House notes that CAFCASS was established on 1st April to bring together the work of the Family Court Welfare Service, Official Solicitor, and guardians ad litem under the aegis of the Lord Chancellor's Department; considers the role of CAFCASS to be of crucial importance in ensuring the welfare of children involved in both family and care proceedings; is alarmed to observe that already 24 out of 52 managers of children's guardians have left the service, one of them with the statement that 'CAFCASS nationally is in a state dangerously close to paralysis'; is appalled that a judicial review on 14th September held that CAFCASS has acted unlawfully in withdrawing the option of self-employment for guardians; is extremely concerned that the centralisation of the service will undermine the ability of experienced professionals to offer independent support and representation for vulnerable children; and calls on the Government to institute an urgent and fundamental review of the service, taking full account of the views of children and young people, organisations representing them and the dedicated people who work within it.

This motion has been signed by a total of 48 MPs.

Hilton Dawson22/10/2001Lancaster & WyreLabourProposed
Martin Smyth23/10/2001Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Vincent Cable23/10/2001TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Cook23/10/2001Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Simon Thomas23/10/2001CeredigionPlaid CymruSigned
Paddy Tipping23/10/2001SherwoodLabourSigned
Edward Davey24/10/2001Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
David Borrow24/10/2001South RibbleLabourSigned
Sue Doughty24/10/2001GuildfordLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Cox24/10/2001TootingLabourSigned
Martin Caton24/10/2001GowerLabourSigned
Nigel Jones24/10/2001CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley24/10/2001Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Bob Russell24/10/2001ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Julie Morgan25/10/2001Cardiff NorthLabourSigned
Colin Breed25/10/2001South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeremy Corbyn25/10/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
John Barrett25/10/2001Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Bottomley25/10/2001Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Paul Tyler25/10/2001North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington26/10/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer29/10/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
Tony Colman29/10/2001PutneyLabourSigned
Paul Keetch29/10/2001HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Clapham29/10/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd30/10/2001Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Alan Meale30/10/2001MansfieldLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell30/10/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Joan Humble31/10/2001Blackpool North & FleetwoodLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara31/10/2001Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis31/10/2001Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Brian White31/10/2001North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Alan Simpson01/11/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley01/11/2001RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Vera Baird01/11/2001RedcarLabourSigned
Terry Lewis06/11/2001WorsleyLabourSigned
Kevin Brennan06/11/2001Cardiff WestLabourSigned
Nick Harvey07/11/2001North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell08/11/2001Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Paul Flynn08/11/2001Newport WestLabourSigned
Geraint Davies09/11/2001Croydon CentralLabourSigned
Matthew Taylor09/11/2001Truro & St AustellLiberal DemocratSigned
John Grogan12/11/2001SelbyLabourSigned
Andrew Selous26/11/2001South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
John Austin06/12/2001Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Alice Mahon13/12/2001HalifaxLabourSigned
Ann Widdecombe10/01/2002Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Diane Abbott17/01/2002Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned

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