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Care Proceedings

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 3 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many applications local authorities made for care orders in (a) July 2008, (b) August 2008, (c) September 2008, (d) November 2008 and (e) December 2008. (258304)

The Department collates statistics relating to children in the care system on an annual basis. The Children and Families Court Advisory Service (CAFCASS), an NDPB sponsored by the Department, holds data on the number of care applications received within each month.

The following table shows the number of care applications (Section 31 applications) received by CAFCASS from July to December 2008.

Number of care (section 31) applications received by CAFCASS

Number

July 2008

485

August 2008

492

September 2008

480

October 2008

493

November 2008

590

December 2008

714