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Referrals to Children’s Services at lowest since 2009-10

52,700 children became the subject of a child protection plan in 2012-13

Referrals to children's social services in the year ending 31st March 2013 are at their lowest level for three years. There have been 593,500 referrals, a decrease of 1.9%, taking referrals to their lowest level since the first full Children in Need census in 2009-10.

A statistical release by the Department for Education shows that 441,500 initial assessments were completed during the year 2012-13, down 2.2% compared with the previous year.

Core assessments were up 5.4% to 232,700. 127,100 section 47 enquiries were initiated, up 2.0%.

The number of children starting an episode of need decreased by 0.1% to 395,100 and, compared with the previous year, there was a 3.8% decrease in the number of children ending an episode of need to 355,800.

However, since the number starting an episode was higher than the number ending an episode, there was an increase in the number of children in need at 31 March up 2.5% to 378,600.

52,700 children became the subject of a child protection plan, up 1.1%.

The statistics are here.