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Number of children in need increases slightly

394,400 children in need and 50,310 subject to a child protection plan

The number of children in need at 31st March has increased this year, from 391,000 in 2015 to 394,400 in 2016, an increase of 0.9%. The number of children in need has remained relatively stable over the last seven years. The latest statistics from the Department for Education are here.

Abuse or neglect was the most common primary need at assessment for children in need – this year 50.6% of children in need at 31st March had abuse or neglect identified as their primary need, followed by family dysfunction with 17.4%, and child's disability or illness at 9.6%.

This year 49.6% of children in need had domestic violence, which includes that aimed at children or other adults in the household, as a factor identified at end of assessment, followed by mental health at 36.6%, which incorporates mental health of the child or other adults in the family/household. Other factors identified were: drug misuse 19.3%; alcohol abuse issues 18.4%; neglect 17.5%; sexual abuse 6.4%; gang involvement 1.4%; unaccompanied asylum seekers 0.6%; victims of child trafficking 0.3%.

The number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan at 31st March has increased this year, from 49,700 in 2015 to 50,310 in 2016, an increase of 1.2%. The number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan starting and ending a child protecting plan in the year both continue to increase.

Neglect was the most common initial category of abuse for children in need who were the subject of a child protection plan – this year 46.0% of children in need at 31st March had neglect as their initial category of abuse, followed by emotional abuse with 35.3%. Neglect was also the most common latest category of abuse for children in need who were the subject of a child protection plan – this year 44.9% of children in need had neglect as their latest category of abuse, followed by emotional abuse with 38.3%.

For the statistics issued by the Department for Education, click here.

4/11/16