Monday, 23 January 2012

New statistics on care proceedings

New statistics from the UK's Ministry of Justice reveal that there were 7,700 children involved in public law court cases in the third quarter of 2011. This is a 28 per cent increase on the same period for 2010.

Clearly the effect of the Baby Peter tragedy continues with more and more children being subject to care proceedings. Sadly I see little evidence in government policy of any concerted strategic approach to this increase which continues to tax not only the Family Courts but also the limited resources of local authorities.