The demand for our services in 2011-12
Children in Cases
We worked with 80,270 children and young people in England involved in new cases. 41,215 were males (51.3%) and 39,055 were females (48.7%). Most children and young people we worked with were under 10 years old. If we add in the children whose cases were referred to us prior to 2011-12 and on which we continue to work, and those whose cases were closed during the year, the total number of children we worked with is approximately 145,810. Additionally, we support many more children and families through the work we commission from contact centres around the country.
In public law, we work with children and young people who are the subject of a care application or other intervention by a local authority. In 2011-12 we worked on 12,143 public law cases. Of these, 10,218 were care cases.
In private law we work with children and young people whose parents are divorcing, separating or who do not live together and who cannot agree on contact and residence for their children. In 2011,12 we received 41,778 private law case requests a 4.4% decrease in demand on the previous year.
You can find out more information about our performance in our 2011-12 Annual Report.