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New public law cases received by Cafcass fell 9 per cent in March

Cafcass received a total of 1,436 new public law applications (involving 2,266 children) in March – 153 applications (9.6 per cent) fewer than in the same month the previous year.

In the twelve months between April 2019 and March 2020 Cafcass received 18,053 public law applications featuring 29,120 children; this represents a decrease of 3.7 per cent (133 public law cases) and a decrease of 3.7 per cent (1,116 children) on the 18,367 new public law cases received and the 30,236 children on those cases between April and March 2019.

For the month-by-month figures for public law applications, click here.