Latest Cafcass care demand statistics

Dave Hill, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said:

“These figures show an increase in the number of care applications being made to keep children and young people with the highest level of need safe from harm. There will be many reasons for this increase including a heightened public and professional awareness of child protection issues and that cuts to early help and preventative services in times of austerity have led to the issues children and families face becoming more complex, driving up the need for more serious interventions.”

“Despite the significant budgetary and resource pressures councils face, we continue to do all in our power to safeguard the most vulnerable, including through seeking court interventions when necessary. As demand continues to grow it is vital that demand for children’s services is fully understood and fully funded to prevent the system from coming under any further strain, and so that children, young people and their families can thrive.”


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