According to the Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2013 , the number of children involved in public law applications made by local authorities in England and Wales increased in 2009 (following the Baby Peter case) from approximately 20,000 per year to almost 26,000 per year.
Since 2011 the figures are said to have stabilised at around
30,000 per year.
In the first quarter of 2013, there were just under 9,800
children involved in public law orders, a 19% increase from the same period of
2011. The annual rate of increase from 2011 to 2012 was 22 per cent.
The most common type of public law order applied for is the
Care Order (69% of children
involved in applications).
Source: The Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2013 page 41 http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Reports/lcj_report_2013.pdf