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Referrals to children’s services rise by more than 10%

Child protection plans have increased by almost a quarter since 2010

There were 657,800 referrals to children's social care in England in 2013-14 – an increase of 10.8% compared to the previous year when there were 593,500 referrals. Data collected for the first time, on the source of referrals, shows that nearly a quarter of referrals were from the police.

397,600 children were in need at 31 March 2014 – an increase of 5.0% from 378,600 at 31 March 2013, although the longer-term time series does fluctuate.

In respect of those children abuse or neglect were identified as their primary need in 47.2% cases. This is the most common primary need, followed by family dysfunction at 18.6%. This has remained broadly similar to the previous year.

There were 142,500 section 47 enquiries carried out in 2013-14. This is an increase of 12.1% on 127,100 last year.

48,300 children were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 2014. This is an increase of 12.1% on 43,100 at 31 March 2013 and an increase of 23.5% since 31 March 2010.

The statistical release by the Department for Education is here.