The proportion of referrals from solicitors to the National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC) has fallen by 46 percentage points since 2009/10.
Referrals from solicitors have reduced from 67.8 per cent (6,729 out of 9,925) to 21.9 per cent (2,375 out of a 10,825) over the last decade.
The NACCC says the significant reduction in referrals from legal representatives is due to cuts to legal aid.
Over the same period, the number of parents self-referring to child contact centres has risen from 3.7 per cent of total referrals in 2009/10 (372 out of 9,925) to 35.8 per cent in 2018/19 (3,879 out of a 10,825), according to figures rel...
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