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Care Proceedings – where are we up to?

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30 Nov 2016
The beginning of October saw the release of the family court statistics report which provides an interesting collection of data regarding the number of care applications there have been in the last year. From a recruitment perspective, the report provides an intriguing insight into why there is an ever increasing demand for locum legal professionals within childcare law.

In the last 12 months, The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) report showed that up until March this year, 12,781 cases had been issued, compared to 11,159 in the previous year.

Amongst the family court statistics report, some interesting findings were that:

  • In the last quarter alone, the number of cases has risen from 3,896 to 4,833 compared to last year
  • Following the 26 week time limit introduced in the Children and Families Act 2014, the report indicated that 60 percent of cases issued were dealt with within that time frame
  • In July 2015, Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders were introduced, and over the last 12 months 77 applications and 68 orders have been made

Jenny Coles (Chair of The Association of Directors of Children’s Services’ Families, Communities and Young People Policy Committee) has commented that:

“These figures are testament to the hard work of local authorities and the courts. Since 2013 the average time taken to conclude care proceedings has reduced by almost 10 weeks, and although we are still slightly above the target some great progress has been made. However, this particular table reflects the national picture and some local areas are routinely achieving an average time of under 26 weeks”.

This is great news for our clients and our childcare locums and demonstrates that their hard work, stress, constant pressure and determination has meant that there has been a drastic shift in the length of time taken to conclude care proceedings, which on average used to be 10 weeks longer at 36 weeks!

There doesn’t seem to have been an insight into why the number of cases is increasing so dramatically, I am sure that will follow in the coming months.

It is fair to say that within the public sector legal team, childcare is our most consistently demanding area. It is rare, if not unheard of, that we wouldn’t have any requirements for childcare locums, from legal assistants to solicitors, advocates and principals.

If you are a childcare locum looking for a move please do get in touch! Similarly, if you are in a permanent role and are considering making the career move to become a professional locum, I would welcome any confidential discussions.

To discuss your recruitment needs even further, please call me on 0161 834 1642 or browse our latest childcare roles. Childcare roles
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