Cafcass (the Children and Family Child Advisory and Support Service) has published its latest statistics on care order applications. In March 2019, Cafcass received a total of 1,117 new care applications, which is a 9.9% decrease on those received in March 2018.

The annual summary figures show that between April 2018 and March 2019 Cafcass received a total of 13,536 applications, which is 4.8% lower than in 2017-18 (14,223).

For more information, including details of applications by individual local authorities, visit the Cafcass website.