In December 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,068 care applications. This figure represents a 3% decrease compared to those received in December 2015.
This marks the first time since May 2014 that care applications have dropped compared to the previous year.
Cafcass received 10,958 new care applications between April and December 2016. The 1,068 new applications received in December 2016 represents the second highest number of applications for the month of December.
The latest year to date demand is 18.2% (1,685 applications) higher than April to December 2015 and 33.2% (2,729 applications) higher than April to December 2014.
Cafcass have received on average over 1,200 new care applications per month since January 2016.