- 375 new guardianship cases were opened and 363 cases were closed during 2008-09, resulting in 901 cases remaining open at the end of the year
- in 99.4 per cent of all continuing cases, guardianship was conferred on the local authority, with the remaining cases (0.6%) conferred on a named individual or other organisation
- for cases closed during 2008-09 the average length of guardianship was 23 months. There was considerable variability in average case length by Local Authority, ranging from 2 to 168 months
- just 14 per cent of all local authorities (21 out of 150) accounted for 50 per cent of all cases open at 31 March 2009
- local authorities within the North West accounted for 30% of all open cases, whilst local authorities in Inner and Outer London, the East of England and the East Midlands accounted for just 4 per cent, 5 per cent and 6 per cent of cases respectively.
Revised version of the publication was issued on 27 October 2009 with minor amendments to the front cover.