Cafcass aims for faster real-time budgeting with Advanced’s SaaS finance software

25th June 2016

Cafcass (The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) will go live in August with Advanced’s cloud-hosted budgeting and forecasting solution Collaborative Planning, aimed to empower budget holders with real-time access to finance information from anywhere.




The organisation will implement the solution, alongside Advanced Cloud Invoicing, as a Software-as-a-Service model hosted in the Amazon Web Services cloud.

The roll-out of Collaborative Planning and Advanced Cloud Invoicing follows what was described by Cafcass as the successful deployment of Advanced’s e5 financial management system with document management technology (powered by V1) earlier this year.

Cafcass is an arm’s-length body in England which provides support and advice in family court cases involving children and young people. The organisation employs around 1,700 staff across 42 offices in England and is the largest social work employer in the country.

Advanced was selected from a shortlist of four software providers via the Crown Commercial Services procurement framework. Collaborative Planning will be used to manage a budget of £114 million and will provide around 50 budget holders with real-time access to financial information. It is hoped this will dramatically reduce the amount of time and resources required to produce financial reports and forecasts.

Julie Brown, Director of Resources at Cafcass, says, “The implementation of Collaborative Planning will be a huge benefit to us. Like a lot of organisations we spend too much time trying to create reports for budget holders; Collaborative Planning will put the power in the budget holders’ hands and give them direct access to real-time information at the click of a button.”

Brown adds, “We have an established strategy of moving towards cloud-based solutions and a SaaS infrastructure, as a cost-effective and efficient model. A lot of our staff work on the move and remotely, so the ability to access information from anywhere is absolutely vital and will support our staff who work in the field – especially our frontline social workers.

“Using hosted solutions will support future-proof access to our finance system and offers the potential to move to new working practices, for example if we chose to follow a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.”

Brown adds, “Like all public bodies we face funding pressures, and Advanced’s software will help us to operate efficiently within our budget while meeting rising demand for our services and continuing to support children in need of our help.”