Putting children and young people first in the family courts

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Karen Burns, Practice Supervisor


I joined Cafcass in July 2009. Prior to that I worked with a Local Authority as a Child and Family Social Worker for five years. Overall I have worked in social care for 20 years.Young girl

I was keen to work for Cafcass as I wanted to be able to really make a difference for children and families and I have not been disappointed. The independent status of the organisation really does mean that we can challenge plans for children where necessary which can secure better outcomes for them and their families. The other part of our role, being the voice of the child in court proceedings, is also a very rewarding role which is central to the work we do.

In my current role as Practice Supervisor I have a very varied role which means that no two days are the same! I have an active case load which keeps me grounded in practice, I provide support and advice to a group of Family Court Adviser’s, develop and deliver training both locally and nationally. I also support the Service Manager’s with aspects of their role and contribute to policy and service development.

It can be challenging working for any organisation in social care, however I find Cafcass to be a dynamic and responsive service that is able to adapt to change and rise to the many challenges social care presents.

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