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On 12th March 2015 the Secretary of State announced that John Lakin and Mary MacLeod were to be reappointed as board members of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) for 3 years from 1st April 2015 and 1st May 2015.


John Lakin, originally appointed as a member of the board in April 2012 previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he was the partner responsible for Education and Children’s Services Consulting and Head of Public Sector Policy, Research and Economics. Mary MacLeod OBE became CAFCASS Deputy Chair in April 2012 and is currently Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is also Vice Chari of the internet Watch Foundation, a Trustee of Columba 1400 and a non-executive director of the Video Standards Council.


The reappointments have been conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments’ Code of Practice on appointments for public bodies.


CAFCASS was set up in April 2001. They are a non-departmental public body and are the largest employer of social workers in England. CAFCASS consists of professionally qualified social work staff (Family Court Advisor’s – FCA’s) who become involved in a case once an application regarding a child has been made to the Court. This could include when children are subject to an application for care or supervision proceedings by social services, an adoption application or when parents are separating and make an application to the Court because they cannot agree on arrangements for their children.


FCA’s work exclusively in the Family Courts and they provide Judges with advice, information and recommendations to ensure that a safe decision is made regarding each child’s future. This can include meeting and working with the children who are the subject of the application to find out their wishes and feelings. CAFCASS are an independent body.


If your children are the subject of a Court application, or if you are considering making an application yourself or if you simply require some initial advice regarding your children then please contact our Family Department to arrange a free 30 minute consultation.  0800 919 231

We have offices at Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow in Furness.

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