Support the #Respect4SocialWork campaign today and celebrate the social work profession.
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Half of local authorities report increase in care applications

Latest Cafcass figures show 53% of local authorities recorded an increase in the number of care applications in 2014/15

More than half of local authorities are reporting greater demand for care applications, Cafcass figures have shown.

Of 152 local authorities, 80 (53%), had an increase in the number of care applications per 10,000 children in 2014/15 when compared to the previous year.

In the remaining authorities, 43% saw a decrease in care applications year-on-year.

These figures come a month after care demand in 2014/15 was revealed to have hit an all-time high.

Anthony Douglas, Cafcass chief executive, said that how local authorities are better understanding the families they are working with is more important than the increase and decrease in figures.

“Local authorities are trialling innovative new ways of working to provide earlier forms of intervention, demonstrating the high priority being given to child protection, nationally and locally, within the wider context of increasing demand and the need to use budgets effectively to meet these challenges,” Douglas said.

Monthly demand

Care demand in April rose 18% compared to the same period last year, figures released on the same day revealed.

Alison O’Sullivan, president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said local authority partner agencies are now better trained at identifying need.

“Though local authorities have experienced significant budget reductions over the last five years we remain active in protecting a growing number of children and young people as these latest figures show,” said O’Sullivan.

Story courtesy of Community Care

Knowledge & Resources

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

Sixty Second Interview with Diane Wills

12/08/2022

Diane Wills is Consultant Social Worker at WillisPalmer, responsible for quality assuring the forensic risk assessment reports.

What three words best describe you?

Force. Of. Nature

If you were stuck on a desert island, and could take one person and one object, who and what would they be?

Well I suppose I should say my husband but I’m [...]

Read Full Story

Impact of cost-of-living on social workers

12/08/2022

Social workers are being hit by the cost-of-living crisis both professionally, and personally.

This week the British Association of Social Workers has warned that “the cost-of-living crisis is a crisis for social workers”.

While social workers frequently witness the impact of rising energy bills and increased living costs on the people they work with, they are [...]

Read Full Story

Lionesses victory: Opportunity for healthy role models and inspiration for girls

04/08/2022

Inspirational, positive role models, game-changing in terms of equality and raising expectations for young girls – these are just some of the accolades that have been lauded at England’s female football team since their Euro 2022 win on Sunday.

The sensational victory of the England women’s football team at Euro 2022 has inspired many young [...]

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
WP Quality Assured

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram