I'm not surprised to see a fall in the private law cases being dealt with by CAFCASS, given that on the courses I and my colleagues have recently attended it has been made clear that the judges are becoming more reluctant to order CAFCASS to report on every children case, and prefer instead to focus them on matters where there are welfare issues.
If it is less likely that CAFCASS will be looking into the matter in detail by speaking with both parents, the child/children involved, and third parties such as their schools, I wonder if more parents will be more focused on trying to resolve issues without court proceedings, for example through mediation.
New private law cases received by Cafcass in September drop by 25%, year on year 10 OCT 2014 In September 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,858 new private law cases. This is a 25% decrease on September 2013 levels. Between April 2013 and March 2014 Cafcass received a total of 46,558 new private law cases. This figure shows an increase of 2% from the 45,605 cases received in the previous financial year