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60% of care applications completed within 26 weeks

Average time for the disposal of care applications is 28 weeks

The Ministry of Justice has published statistics on activity in the family courts of England and Wales in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).

The report shows that 60% of care or supervision proceedings were disposed of within 26 weeks, following on from the 26 week time limit for completing these cases introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014.

The average time for the disposal of a care or supervision application made in January to March 2016 was 28 weeks, remaining steady over the past year after the longer term downward trend seen since 2011.

During that period public law applications increased by 18% to 4,504, compared with the previous year (3,826) – the number of children involved in public law applications also increased by 14% over the same period to 8,287.

Other findings were as follows:

For the full report, please click here.