The number of private family disputes referred to Cafcass has continued a recent increase.
The latest figures from the children’s legal support organisation show that 3,554 cases were referred in July, a jump of close to a quarter since July last year when only 2,899 cases were referred.
The rise is in line with a similar increase reported for June. That month’s total of 3,419 (originally stated as 3,466) was a full one third up on the same month last year, which just 2,599 private referrals.
“New cases received during the first six months were 15% higher than the same period in the previous year and demand in April, May, June, July, August and September, was the highest ever recorded by Cafcass in those individual months.”
Meanwhile, 1,111 care applications were referred to the organisation in July, a full nine per cent more than 12 months ago.
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