Children’s social care referrals have risen by 10%

social care help romfordInformation on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services as children in need between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, has been published by the Department for Education.

According to the information released, there was a 10.8% increase in the number of referrals to children’s social care in 2013-14 with 657,800 referrals compared to the previous year when there were just 593,500 referrals. Almost a quarter of those referrals came from the police according to data collected on the source of the referrals – the first collection of its kind.

Children in need

The number of children in need also showed an increase, with a 5% rise from 378,600 on 31st March 2013 to 397,600 on 31st March 2014, although there are fluctuations in the longer-term time series. The most common primary need recorded among children was the need for care due to abuse or neglect at 47.2% and the next highest showed a similar percentage to the previous year at 18.6% for family dysfunction.

Similarly, there was also an increase in section-47 inquiries carried out, with 2013-14 showing an increase of 12.1% on the previous year from 127,100 to 142,500. There was also a further increase in children subject to the child protection plan from 43,100 on 31st March 2013 to 48,300 on 31st March 2014, an increase of 23.5% since March 2010.

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