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Cafcass reports a record 10,000 care applications in 2011

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  • Cafcass dealt with 10,199 cases between April 2011 and March 2012
  • It was the first time Cafcass has dealt with more than 10,000 cases in a year
  • There were 886 care applications in March 2012

The number of children taken into care has hit a record 10,000 in one year for the first time.

The latest statistics from the body that represents children’s interests in care proceedings show that the number of care applications made by local authorities remains at an unprecedented high level.

The rise in care applications follows the publicity given to the death of Baby Peter in 2007.

Care application demand has remained at a very high level in March 2012 when there were 886 care applications. In March 2011 there were 889 applications.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, Cafcass received 10,199 new applications. This figure is 10.8% higher when compared to the same period last financial year. Applications received between May 2011 to February 2012 this year have been the highest ever recorded by Cafcass for these individual months. January 2012 saw the highest ever number of care applications recorded in an individual month, with 912 applications.

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