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New care applications received by Cafcass fell 3 per cent in December

Cafcass received a total of 955 (involving 1,551 children) new care applications in December – 28 applications (2.8 per cent) fewer than in the same month the previous year.

Cafcass received 9,862 new care applications between April and December 2019 – 525 (5.1 per cent) fewer than the same period in 2018. These cases involved 15,934 children – 1,103 (6.5 per cent) fewer than April to December 2018.

For the month-by-month figures for care applications, click here. From the linked page, a further link provides details of quarterly demand by local authority area. For new public law cases more generally, click here.