This annual publication contains national figures on referrals, assessment and children and young people who are the subjects of child protection plans (on the child protection register) for year ending March 2008. The publication contains historical data for comparison purposes. The content is the same as previous SFRs in the series.

Summary:

Statistics on referrals and assessment of children are published as Referrals, assessments and children who are the subject of a child protection plan in England - Year ending 31 March 2008 and include data from England

The latest statistics report on the period year ending 31 March 2008 and update those previously released on 20 September 2007

The key points from the latest release are:

  • Referrals There were 538,500 referrals to social services departments in the year ending 31 March 2008, compared to the previous year's figure of 545,000 (in other recent years the figures have fluctuated from between 550,000 and 570,000). Of the 2008 referrals, 24% were repeat referrals within 12 months of a previous referral, an increase of one percentage point on the previous year.
  • Initial assessments (NI 59) Of the 319,900 initial assessments completed in the year, 226,300 (71%) were completed within 7 working days of referral. This compares with 208,700 (68%) out of a total of 305,000 for the previous year.
  • Core assessments (NI 60) Of the 105,100 core assessments undertaken in the year, 83,700 (80%) were completed within 35 working days. This compares with 73,300 (78%) out of a total of 93,400 for the previous year.
  • Children who became the subject of a Child Protection Plan or ceased to be the subject of a Child Protection Plan (NI 65) There were 34,000 children who became the subject of a plan in 2008; this compares to 33,300 in 2007. Around 140 of these had previously been the subject of a plan one percentage point more than in 2007. During the year ending 31 March 2008, 32,600 children ceased to be the subject of a plan; this compares to 31,800 in 2007.
  • Length of time a child was the subject of a plan (NI 64) 50f children who ceased to be the subject of a plan had been on it for 2 years or more, one percentage point fewer than in 2007, following a downward trend over a number of years.
  • Review of child protection cases (NI 67) The percentage of child protection cases which were reviewed within the required timescales was 99%, the same as last year.

Contact details

Alison Butler
Telephone: 01325 735419
Email: Alison.Butler@education.gsi.gov.uk