The Law Society’s Gazette has reported (21 August 2008) that the number of applications for child care and supervision orders have fallen by 25 per cent since a rise in the application fee (from £150 to £4,825) was introduced in April 2008.

The introduction of the enhanced case assessment and preparation requirements under the Public Law Outline have also been raised as possible reasons for a delay in local authorities bringing proceedings.

The preliminary findings highlight the likely impact on NHS bodies, with further information being sought prior to proceedings being issued and alternative solutions (such as family care arrangements under section 20 Children Act 1989) being considered ahead of care or supervision applications.