The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016.
The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013.
Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes between April last year and March this year – nine per cent more than in the preceding 12 months.
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Cafcass represents the interests of children involved in both private disputes and care proceedings.