The number of care applications in May rose by almost a quarter from the same month last year.
Last month, Cafcass received 1,141 care applications, which represents a 23 per cent rise from the 925 it dealt with in May 2015. However, the number of applications dropped from the previous month when the organisation received 1,221. This follows the same pattern as last year, when there were 31 more applications in April than there were in May.
Care applications are made by local authorities when they are concerned for a child’s safety and overall wellbeing. If they suspect that the child has been a victim of abuse or neglect, the local council can apply to the courts for a care order.
There were a total of 12,758 such applications between April 2015 and March 2016, which is 14 per cent higher than there were during the last financial year. In that time, Cafcass received 11,159 applications.
Meanwhile, the number of private law cases the group dealt with also increased from 2015 levels. These are cases between individuals and come following the divorce or separation of parents. They are used to determine who the children of these couples will live with and how much time they will spend with each parent.
In May, 3,267 new private law cases were launched. This is a 17 per cent increase from the same month last year but a slight drop from the 3,509 new cases in April.
Just like with care applications, there was an increase in the total number of private law cases between last April and March 2016. The 37,568 cases launched in that time represent a nine per cent increase from the previous year.
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