Number of child protection plans rocketing
November 7, 2017 1 comment
More than 51,000 children have now been made the subject of child protection plans, meaning social workers believe their safety or welfare is at risk.
The total figure of 51,080 youngsters at the end of March represented an increase of no less than 770 over the 2016 total (50,310).
The number of active protection plans is now 31 per cent higher than in 2010, when just 39,100 were in place.
The number of referrals to children’s services has also risen to near record levels. In the year to March, a huge 621,470 referrals were made, the second highest number in a decade, second only to the 657,790 referrals made in 2014.
Social work professor Ray Jones said the combination of ever-increasing demand and government funding cuts was a corrosive mix.
“With child protection workloads in England now at a record high, but with fewer families overall getting help from local councils, the impact of cuts in government funding for local government is creating a crisis which threatens the welfare and safety of children.”
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November 7, 2017
Categories: Children in care