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Care applications received by Cafcass in October about 4% higher than last year

Demand for the year 2% less than last year

In October 2018, Cafcass received a total of 1,246 new care applications. This figure is 3.8% higher than October 2017. Cafcass states that technical issues affecting court processes may have affected October's monthly total. The total number of new public law cases during the current year (ie since April 2018) is running at just over 2% lower than last year.

For the month-by-month figures, click here. From that page readers can access details of local authority applications per 10,000 child population.