Care application demands continue to rise, Cafcass has announced. During April, May, June and July 2012, Cafcass received 3,519 applications – up 8.3% on the same period for 2011.

April, May and July 2012 has the highest ever recorded figures for the individual months but demand for June was actually reduced. Cafcass put the reason for the reduction in June down to the fact that there were so many public holidays and so less working days available in which to take action on child protection issues.