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Children left at risk by rise in legal costs’

“Children at risk of abuse are being left unprotected following a sharp fall in the numbers being taken into care, a children’s charity says.

Figures obtained by The Independent from Cafcass, the children’s legal charity, in the wake of the Baby P case, show that more than 600 fewer court applications were made by local authorities to take children into care in the past six months compared with the same period in 2007.

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