WillisPalmer launches Remote Assessment Service

WillisPalmer have launched a Remote Assessment Service to deliver social work assessments safely during COVID pandemic.

Read more
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Care applications reach record high in June, reveals Cafcass

Last month, the children and family courts service received 1,104 care applications, a 25% increase on the same time last year

More care applications were received in June than ever before, figures recorded by Cafcass have revealed.

Last month, the children and family court advisory and support service received 1,104 care applications from children’s social workers, a 25% increase on the same time last year.

This marks the first time that care applications have risen above 1,100 in a single month, while the number so far received this year (2,973) is the highest when compared to the four previous years that applications have been counted.

Increased awareness

Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, said the rise could be attributed to an awareness of child protection issues.

“We are keeping the increases we have seen under review, to see if they become a longer-term trend that needs further evaluation, in the wider context of how the family justice system can adapt to different levels of pressure,” he said.

Referrals to the family courts body have been steadily rising since the death of Peter Connelly (Baby P) in November 2007. This led many to attribute the rise in care applications to an increasingly risk averse culture within children’s services.

Make an enquiry

A multi-disciplinary organisation providing independent, high quality social work and psychological services. Contact us with your requirements and speak to a member of our team who will help you today.
Make an Enquiry

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

COVID-19 – The effects on survivors of abuse

19/11/2020

Clare Jerrom speaks to Future Pathways Alliance Manager Flora Henderson about how COVID-19 has impacted on survivors of abuse in care.

The loneliness and isolation experienced by so many during lockdown have been amplified for many adults who experienced neglect or abuse in the care system. For some the restrictions of freedom have felt reminiscent of [...]

Read Full Story

Children experiencing homeless slammed as ‘national scandal’

19/11/2020

Over half of state school teachers have worked at a school with homeless children or children who have become homeless, the charity Shelter has revealed.

Most teachers have first-hand knowledge of the damage done by the housing emergency to education –– with it now commonplace to see children grappling with homelessness at school, an issue slammed [...]

Read Full Story

Instagram increasingly used to groom children

18/11/2020

Instagram is increasingly being used to groom children, the NSPCC has warned.

The photo and video sharing app was used in 37% of online grooming offences compared to 29% over the previous three years, the children’s charity has found.

NSPCC Chief Executive, Peter Wanless said: “Families have long paid the price for big tech’s failure to protect [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us
closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram