The framework for Ofsted inspections of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).


Cafcass focused visits during the restart of routine inspection


Cafcass inspection framework


Annex A: information and data request



Ofsted’s routine inspections were suspended in March 2020 because of COVID-19 (coronavirus). From April 2021 we will introduce routine focused visits as part of a phased return to routine inspection.

Unless otherwise specified in the routine focused visits guidance, Ofsted inspectors will follow the main Cafcass inspection framework. This applies from 1 April 2021.

The inspection framework sets out how Ofsted will inspect the quality and effectiveness of Cafcass’s private and public law practice with children and families and the impact of leaders on private and public law practice with children and families. In evaluating the impact of the service, the inspection will also evaluate how well Cafcass positively influences the effectiveness of the family justice system both locally and nationally. We ran a consultation on the framework between October and November 2020.

Published 9 December 2013
Last updated 17 March 2021 + show all updates

  1. Updated the main framework following a consultation that ran from October to November 2020. We have also added new guidance about focused visits that we will carry out as part of the new framework from April 2021.

  2. First published.