Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Record demand for care applications in July, figures show

The chief executive of Cafcass has said he will monitor to see if teams are at "tipping point"

The number of care applications reached a record high in July, with a total 1,305 applications made to Cafcass, new statistics have shown.

This was a 16% rise on the same month last year and the first time demand has surpassed 1,300 applications in a single month. Applications so far in 2016-17 are already 20% higher than the same period last year.

Tipping point
Demand on Cafcass has been increasing since 2013. In the latest Cafcass annual report Anthony Douglas, the organisation’s chief executive, said current demand was a “major issue” for the service and he would be monitoring teams to see if the pressure they were under reached a “tipping point”.

Douglas also said the service would work with government to try and manage demand issues, adding: “Work is underway with the Ministry of Justice on our future operating models across private and public law, an important part of which is assessing which measures may help stem demand, while ensuring those in need still receive a service.”

Story courtesy of Community Care

We are a national network of independent experienced social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists

WillisPalmer is the UK’s largest provider of independent social workers, psychologists, forensic risk assessment experts and qualified therapists. We are able to help with a range of multi-disciplinary assessments.

WillisPalmer has been providing expert reports since 2004, serving local authorities, solicitors and independent organisations throughout the UK and overseas. As a social work owned and operated company, we ensure that children remain at the centre of everything we do.

Whether you’re looking to venture into the world of independent social work or want to instruct one of our experts, we are here to help and look forward to working with you.

www.willispalmer.com

Knowledge & Resources

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

Inspectorate warn children at Rainsbrook were at risk of harm

22/06/2021

Children held at Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre were placed at risk of harm as a result of serious and widespread failings at the centre, a joint inspection by Ofsted, The Care Commission and HMI Prisons has found.

The joint report comes after the Lord Chancellor Lord Buckland announced last week that all children were [...]

Read Full Story

All children removed from Rainsbrook

17/06/2021

All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'

17/06/2021

What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.

ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

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

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

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