Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the court system, has recently said, about applications by local authorities for orders for children to be taken into care, “I [have drawn] attention to the seemingly relentless rise in the number of new care cases. The fact is that we are approaching a crisis for which we are ill-prepared and where there is no clear strategy to manage the crisis. What is to be done?” There is a deafening silence from the government. Not only does the crisis mean that children in the care system are being let down, it also has a knock-on effect of delay on other “users” of court resources, such as those applying for divorce court financial orders or “custody” or “access” orders. Mark Tattersall, partner at Chivers Walsh Family Law.