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Care proceedings length continues to fall

Care proceedings length continues to fall the period January to March saw the average time for a care case to last was 32 weeks, continuing the drop seen since the beginning of 2012, after durations had remained at about 55 weeks for over a year.

The median number sits at 26.3 weeks which is even more encouraging. This means that half of all care proceedings were completed under the 26 week target; the average is skewed by a small number of long-lasting cases.

The number of family cases where one or both of the parties were not represented rose by 50% – showing that the effects of the April 2013 legal aid changes are still being felt. The figures also showed that the number of new family cases fell by 6% in the first quarter, and that the amount of time spent in court by judges dropped by 3%.

Ministry of Justice Statistics Bulletin was published on the 19th June 2014, covering the first quarter of the year. The publication can be found here.

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Children’s social care review officially launches

01/03/2021

The independent review of children’s social care has officially launched after the government announced it would be set up back in January.

The anticipated independent review of children’s social care designed to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children in England was launched by education secretary Gavin Williamson in January. Mr Williamson also announced [...]

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Campaign launched to reduce criminalisation of care experienced children

01/03/2021

A new campaign to reduce the criminalisation of children in care and care leavers across England and Wales has been launched by NYAS.

Care-experienced children currently make up half of those placed in youth custody while children in care in England are six times more likely than other young people to be cautioned or convicted of [...]

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Mental health to be greatest challenge in children’s health in 2040

01/03/2021

The greatest challenge facing children in 20 years’ time will be mental health problems, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned.

The College asked almost 300 members what they envisage will be the biggest health issue affecting children and young people in 2040. The top three responses were mental health (43.71%), obesity (31.14%) [...]

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