Care applications reach record level
April 18, 2017 5 comments
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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April 18, 2017
Categories: Children in care