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Cafcass Care Order Applications continue to fall

Cafcass warns, the number of care order applications continues to fall, according to official statistics.
There were 1,087 care order applications in August 2019 which is 11.5% lower than August 2018 when 1,179 care orders were made.
In the previous month July, 1,225 care order applications were made. This was up from June 2019 when 1,021 care applications were made.
Last year April 2018- March 2019 13,563 care order applications were made - a significant reduction from 2016-17 when the annual total was 14,599 care orders.
The previous director of children's services at Bexley council Jacky Tiotto started work at Cafcass in September as its new Chief Executive and pledged to put children at the centre of its work.
Jacky Tiotto takes over from Anthony Douglas who took Cafcass on an improvement journey from being judged by Ofsted to be inadequate in 2009 to outstanding in 2018.

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More court days for family cases this year despite restrictions


There have been more court sitting days taking place on family cases this year than in any previous year, despite the lockdown, the president of the family courts division has said.

In his ‘View from the Chambers,’ Andrew McFarlane said this level of activity is necessary as it is not possible to conduct as many cases [...]

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Half of Youth Offending Services require improvement


Improvements are required in more than half of the Youth Offending Services inspected this year, according to the HM Inspectorate of Probation.

Of the 16 Youth Offending Services inspected, eight required improvement while one, Cardiff, was rated inadequate.

Chief Inspector Justin Russell said: “It is disappointing that the overall quality of the youth offending services we have [...]

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Highest number of children’s homes registered could be in response to COVID


The highest number of children’s homes were registered by Ofsted between April and August, potentially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ofsted registered 176 new children’s homes between 1 April and 31 August, the highest number recorded in that period. This follows a continued increase in registrations year on year since at least 2015 and a [...]

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