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'Baby P effect' causing rise in care applications says Douglas

The fallout from the Baby P case has caused a significant rise in the number of care applications according to Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of CAFCASS.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Douglas stated that there were 369 requests in the 10 days after the trial, compared with 292 in the same period last year - a 26% rise. While there is often a rise in applications after a high profile case he said that the impact of Baby P had been unprecendented.

He also sounded a note of caution that "this heightened state of alert" could lead to some children "getting a greater degree of protection" and lead to "defensive practice" which can lead to "unnecessary and risk-averse interventions" which can harm children and families.

More on this story can be found on the BBC website.


 


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