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Rise in care applications for Children in England

The annual number of applications from local councils in England to take children into care has exceeded 10,000 for the first time, data shows.

Figures released by the courts advisory service, Cafcass, show 886 care applications were made in March, taking the full figure for the year to 10,199.

At the same point last year, 9,202 care applications had been made.

The rise in care applications follows the publicity given to the death of Baby Peter in London in 2007.

Mike Sergeant reports.

  • 11 Apr 2012
  • From the section UK