Cafcass has suggested that this rise in application numbers may be attributable in part to a greater awareness of issues such as child sexual exploitation, which has in turn lead to more referrals to local authorities. Greater public and professional awareness of child protection issues, as well as more rigorous reviewing and scrutiny of plans within local authorities may also play a contributing role.
Between April 2014 and March 2015 Cafcass received a total of 11,143 applications.
This figure is 5% higher when compared to the same period in the previous financial year, when 10,620 applications were received.
The full figures are available on the Cafcass website.