The number of children entering the care system rose by seven per cent in September, Cafcass has announced.
The latest set of monthly statistics published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service reveals a total of 979 care applications across the month. In September 2014, there were just 913.
In the year to March meanwhile, there were 11,156 referrals – a figure which also represents an increase over the previous year, when 10,620 referrals were received.
An increase is also evident in figures for the six months from March to September: the 6,031 referrals were a full 11.75 per cent up on the same period in 2014, when only 5,397 were made.
Cafcass Chief Executive Anthony Douglas said one contributory factor to the rising numbers was a greater awareness of the needs of children who had previously been neglected, such as those at risk of radicalisation or sexual exploitation.
Cafcass represents the interests of children caught up in both public and private family law disputes.