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Following the release of today's Cafcass figures which show that the number of children being referred into care in England is now higher than ever before

Release Date: 09 Feb 2012

Barnardo's Chief Executive, Anne Marie Carrie, says:

While the increase in the number of children being referred into care might cause alarm, I am pleased that decisions are being made more quickly to remove children from harmful environments.

Whilst some parents need to be supported to improve the standard of care they provide for their children, where this is not possible we must act. Care can and does transform the lives of vulnerable children. This is why it is essential that we ensure that there are foster or adoptive parents ready to provide them with a stable and loving family.”

Notes to Editors

This press notice applies to England.

The children's court advisory service, Cafcass, says there were more than 900 care applications in January 2012. This figure is 12.4% higher when compared to the same period last year and the highest ever recorded by Cafcass. Cafcass care statistics.