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Care applications reached all-time high in 2014/15

Figures released by Cafcass show that 11,127 care applications were received between April 2014 and March 2015, a year-on-year rise of almost 5%.

The number of care applications hit an all-time high in 2014/15, Cafcass has revealed.

Figures released by Cafcass show that 11,127 care applications were received between April 2014 and March 2015, a year-on-year rise of almost 5%.

The highest annual total before now was the 11,110 care applications made in 2012/13.

The figures also revealed that more care applications were made in March this year than in any previous month on record with 1,066 applications received – up 16% on the same time last year.

Rising demand

This is the third month during 2014/15 where the volume of care applications has exceeded the 1,000 mark. Prior to 2014/15 there is only one month on record where more than 1,000 care applications were made.

Christine Banim, national service director at Cafcass, said the rising demand could be due to greater awareness of issues like child sexual exploitation leading to more referrals to local authorities.

“Demand levels are also affected through more rigorous reviewing and scrutiny within local authorities of plans for children where remaining at home is too dangerous, even after treatment programmes,” she said.

Story courtesy of Community Care

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