Care applications reach record level

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A record-breaking 14,544 children were taken into care in the 12 months to March Cafcass has reported.

March alone saw 1,288 care applications: itself the second highest monthly figure on record.

The annual total comfortably exceeded previous year’s tally, when just 12,792 youngsters entered the care system: nearly 14 per cent fewer. It also confirms a steady upward trend. In the year to March 2015 there were 11,159 applications, and the year before that just 10,620.

Cafcass – the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service – officially represents the interests of children caught up in private family legal disputes as well as the welfare of those being taken into the care system. It was established in 2001 by the then Labour government.

Read the full statistics here.

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Andre - April 18, 2017 at 12:11pm


Record levels… again!

Next Cafcass will be floated on the London stock exchange, because it’s probably the only organisation that has consistently grown during 2 massive economical down turns.

I probably shouldn’t joke, because these matters pertain to the future generations.

The more cases Cafcass are involved in, the more government funding it receives the following year… I’m shocked there are any children still living with both biological parents…

drmanhattan62 - April 18, 2017 at 8:09pm

kids in care make big money.
go figure.

Andre - April 19, 2017 at 9:45am

I know!

Anywhere else in the world and it would be a repugnant suggestion. Yet in the UK, Cafcass and the “safeguarding” of children in big business!!!

It’s so popular, even the head of Cafcass is allowed to cash in as a director in countless children homes!

The list of “professionals” cashing in us endless:
– judges
– barristers
– solicitors
– social workers
– foster parents
– psychiatrist
– psychologist
– police officers

And these are only the frontline.

The 1 issue I have is, if there are so many professionals cashing in on every case. Where do they all disappear to when the children turn 18 and have no family, no self identity or lack the capacity & life skills to survive on their own?

drmanhattan62 - April 19, 2017 at 7:11pm

what we need is proof that LA staff and others are on the take for removing children to feed the machine.

Andre - April 20, 2017 at 1:52am

You do realise that currently over 1:3 (more than 4 million) kids live separately from one or both biological parent(s).

There’s no need for LA staff to feed the system, because the system perpetuates itself. Children from broken or foster homes are more likely to be dependent on services when they have their own kids. This is because the have half or no family support.

Therefore by conception, design and operations Cafcass systematically feeds the system. This is why Cafcass’ “footfall” has consistently increased since the baby P scandal.

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