Child care applications on the increase

Cafcass statistics reveal greater awareness in safeguarding children

The latest Care application statistics have been released by the government and show a rise in applications for children being placed under the care of the local authority.

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) which is a body that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings has published figures that show a 25% increase in applications during June 2015 as compared to June 2014.

No reasons have been cited for the increase but heightened awareness of child abuse and a more vigilant social care regime across the country has no doubt played a part. Whilst the statistics seem to reflect a rather sad state of affairs the truth perhaps is that more children have been safeguarded as a result of increased public awareness and diligence on the part of the authorities.

The number of reported historic child abuse cases have reached record levels during 2015.