Last month Cafcass received more than 900 applications for care places, a jump of 20 per cent on the same month last year.
The total (908) is the high number ever received by the agency during April.
In the entire year to March, Cafcass received just over 11,000 care applications – eight per cent more than in the year to 2012. The total number of applications received in the year to 2012 themselves represented an 11 per cent jump on the preceding year.
Cafcass – the ‘Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service’ – works to advise family courts and promote the best interests of children involved in the court system. It is reportedly the largest employer of social workers in England.