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 2009. The publication contains historical data for comparison purposes. The content is the same as previous SFRs in the series.
The latest statistics report on the period year ending 31 March 2009 and update those previously released on 16 September 2008.
The key points from the latest release are:
- Referrals. There were 547,000 referrals to social services departments in the year ending 31 March 2009, compared to the previous year's figure of 538,500. Of the 2009 referrals, 23% were repeat referrals within 12 months of a previous referral, a decrease of one percentage point on the previous year.
- Initial assessments (NI 59). Of the 349,000 initial assessments completed in the year, 250,500 (72%) were completed within 7 working days of referral. This compares with 226,300 (71%) out of a total of 319,900 for the previous year.
- Core assessments (NI 60). Of the 120,600 core assessments undertaken in the year, 94,300 (78%) were completed within 35 working days. This compares with 83,700 (80%) out of a total of 105,100 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 37,900 children who became the subject of a plan in 2009; this compares to 34,000 in 2008. 13% of these had previously been the subject of a plan one percentage point less than in 2008. During the year ending 31 March 2009, 32,800 children ceased to be the subject of a plan; this compares to 32,600 in 2008.
- Length of time a child was the subject of a plan (NI 64). 6% children who ceased to be the subject of a plan had been on it for 2 years or more, one percentage point more than in 2008.
- 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.
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