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over 900 care applications in a single month – for the first time ever

9 February 2012

Cafcass received 903 referrals in January 2012. This record breaking figure constitutes a 100 increase from December 2011. It’s not a blip, but a continuing trend. Between April and December 2011, Cafcass saw new applications up 10.5% on the previous year.

This has clear implications for services. Both Cafcass and those making the applications will have to factor these higher numbers into their planning systems and resource allocations, and many are concerned about this in the teeth of challenging spending reviews.

I know from experience that many councils struggle to find the resources to support the cases that are in care proceedings – what are the prospects that those children who are in need rather than at risk become neglected by professionals, only to be the subject of avoidable care proceedings themselves at a later date?

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