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Care application numbers continue to rise

The latest figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that during the month of August there were 885 care applications – the highest  figures for this individual month, and the second highest ever recorded for a single month in Cafcass's ten year history. 


Cafcass Chief Executive Anthony Douglas said he applauded the fact that local authorities were continuing to safeguard larger numbers of children at risk of significant harm.


“This data represents children's lives, and the rise in numbers shows a greater awareness of the life-threatening situations some children live in, day-by-day, with no light on their horizon. Peaking in August just shows that there are no longer quiet times: concerns are continuous.”


While Cafcass has been experiencing, and dealing with, the record increases in care applications since December 2008, Mr Douglas said the latest figures showed even further acceleration on previous record numbers. This, combined with the fact that cases are taking longer in the courts, mean that the pressures on everyone in the family justice system would likely remain high for the foreseeable future.