I am really pleased to be leading the work of NACCC at this important time. The work in the office increases year on year with 8421 calls to the information line last year (up by 34%), demonstrating how busy the office is and this is only a small part of the work that is done. I have been appointed CEO, and we have appointed a number of new Trustees to the Board including an Honorary Treasurer, Company Secretary, and Trustees for the North-West and Wales.
We have had a successful AGM, with excellent feedback. There is a considerable amount of staff and volunteer training taking place which is going well. I continue to visit government departments to talk about funding which has borne fruit. Cafcass has given funding to update the National Standards for Supported Centres and the NACCC website. They have also contributed towards an exciting new initiative whereby the Family Justice Young People’s Board will visit all of the supervised centres that receive financial Cafcass funding. The Board will look at services from a child’s perspective and visits will be dependent on the availability of the young people (often restricted to school holidays).
In addition, NACCC has been awarded a sizeable grant from the Department for Work and Pensions to support a further roll out of the Safe Referral Scheme, whilst providing the services of a support worker to the 36 members that have signed up to the project. NACCC is increasing its scope within family proceedings through this scheme and want to make it a success for the children and families we hope to assist through it.
Chief Executive Officer