In March 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1288 care applications. This figure represents a 4.3% increase compared with those received in March 2016.
April 2015 – March 2016
April 2014 – March 2015
April 2013 – March 2014
Please click here to view the spreadsheet, which, in addition to the monthly national stats, has a tab displaying a breakdown of application and children numbers by local authority for each complete quarter from April 2012.
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If a local authority has serious concerns about the safety or welfare of a child, it can apply to the court to take the child into care.
The following are examples of when a local authority may apply to take a child into care.
Cafcass tracks the number of applications made by a Local Authority each month, to measure demand and to ensure that across the country we are allocating our finite resources where needed, responding to changes in trends and providing the 145,000 children and young people we come across each year with a timely and effective service.
Following a care application the court will ask Cafcass to allocate a practitioner, called a Children’s Guardian, for the child to help make sure that the decisions made about them are in their best interests. The Guardian’s job is to check the local authority’s plan and make sure that it is the best possible for the child.
The Guardian will:
Cafcass’ care and private law demand statistics are published on the eighth working day of each month.
Media enquiries about the care demand statistics should be directed to Colette Jacobs on [email protected] or 07768796484.