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National picture of care applications in England for 2016-17


Cafcass care application demand per 10,000 child population


Cafcass produces, on an annual basis, statistics on the number of care applications received per 10,000 child population – the rate of care applications - by each local authority (LA) in England with children’s services responsibilities. The latest information available is for the years 2008-2009 to 2016-2017.


The rate of care application is significant as it helps identify trends in care proceedings independent of population growth. 


The below table shows the national rates of care applications between the year 2009-2010 to 2016-2017. You can also download the table of LA rates of care application per 10,000 population

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
National rate 8.0 8.3 9.0 9.7 9.2 9.7 11.0 12.5


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