To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken to complete care proceedings in the courts was in each local authority area in each year since 2003-04.
The following table shows the average number of weeks from the date of application to order made for care and supervision cases in England and Wales (where completed cases are counted by child for family proceedings courts and by orders made for County courts). Data are provided by court area, as a local authority area breakdown is unavailable. Data are presented by court type, from 2006-07; the earliest year for which data are available.
|Average number of weeks from application to order for care and supervision cases in England and Wales, for orders made in each year|
|Court area||County court||Family proceedings court|
|Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, and Gloucestershire||58||62||57||43||45||44|
|Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire||52||53||62||45||40||51|
|Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire||62||67||69||47||52||50|
|Black Country, Staffordshire and West Mercia||48||52||56||45||48||47|
|Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk||45||49||49||39||39||39|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||55||58||57||43||46||55|
|Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria||48||57||59||45||47||46|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||51||53||61||42||41||44|
|Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and Wiltshire||50||58||54||45||42||44|
|Humber and South Yorkshire||41||45||46||38||36||39|
|Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire||51||54||55||42||41||42|
|London (Civil and Family)||56||66||65||51||53||49|
|Mid and West Wales||52||53||47||42||52||46|
|North and West Yorkshire||49||48||53||38||37||39|
|Nottingham and Derbyshire||44||42||45||43||45||45|
|South East Wales||51||60||59||42||47||51|
|Surrey and Sussex||50||55||54||50||47||45|
|England and Wales: Average number of weeks||52||56||57||44||45||46|
|England and Wales: Total number of care and supervision orders made(1)||4,161||3,923||3,636||3,730||3,746||3,596|
|(1) The figures for County courts count the number of care and supervision orders disposed in each year. Family proceedings courts figures count the number of children disposed. |
1. The data are taken from the HMCS FamilyMan System and from the Case Tracker system.
2. The figures only cover cases where a care order or a supervision order was made. The figures do not include other care and supervision disposals (e.g. order refused, order of no order) and do not include other order types (e.g. emergency protection, secure accommodation).
3. The figures reflect the mean number of weeks from application to order. This means that the numbers of weeks taken for each order have been added up, and the total has then been divided by the number of orders.