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Care applications rise in February 2018

Official statistics reveal that care applications rise both month-on-month and year-on-year.

In February 2018, there were 1201 care applications, up from 1168 in January 2018 and up 4.3% from February 2017 when there were 1152 care applications made.

There have now been 12,966 care applications made in the financial year April 2017-March 2018. Last year there were a record 14,599 prompting concerns from Cafcass and the courts that there was no strategy to deal with the rising numbers of children coming into care. The previous year – 2015-16 – there were 12,792 and therefore this figure has already been surpassed in 2017-2018 with one month to go.

It is unlikely that the 2017-18 total number of care applications will exceed the 2016-17 figure of 14,599 as there would need to be 1,633 care applications in one month and the highest number of care applications in the last year was in the month of June when there were 1,330.

However, the data shows a significant rise from 2013-14 when there were 10,620 applications made.

 

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