The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has published a report providing new evidence about the number of newborn babies and infants in care proceedings in England and Wales, as well as the frequency of urgent hearings in these cases. Figures show that: in England, the number of newborn babies in care proceedings increased by 20% between 2012/13 and 2019/20, rising from 2,425 to 2,914 per year; in Wales, the number increased by 40 %, rising from 145 to 203 babies per year; London differs significantly from both Wales and many regions of England having the lowest numbers of newborn babies in care proceedings.
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Read the report: Newborn babies in urgent care proceedings in England and Wales
Date: 03 June 2021
Source: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory