· In 84% of cases, guardians say that the local authorities did not have a more appropriate course of action to follow other than issuing proceedings.
· Guardians considered that the timing of the application was appropriate in 54% of cases, late in 39% of cases, and premature in 5% of cases.
· 18% of children had not been known to the local authority prior to the application being made.
· 52% of children were subject to a child protection plan at the times of the application and a further 20% had previously been subject to a plan, with neglect remaining the principal category of concern for children for these children.
· Guardians considered that the local authority had entirely met the requirements of the Public Law Outline in 43% of cases and had partially met them in another 40% of cases.
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