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The number of children in need decreases slightly

399,500 children in need at 31 March 2019

The number of children in need at 31 March 2019 decreased very slightly from the same date in 2018. The figures have been revealed by the Department for Education.

There were 399,500 children in need at 31 March 2019, a decrease of 1 per cent from 2018. This decrease may in part be explained by a rise of 3 per cent, to 343,000, in the number of children that ended an episode of need compared to last year.

The number of children who started an episode of need in 2018-19 was relatively unchanged compared to last year at 381,900.

There were fewer children on child protection plans (CPP) in 2019 compared to 2018. CPP starts decreased and CPP ends increased since last year.

At 31 March 2019 there were 52,300 children subject to a child protection plan, a decrease of 3 per cent from 2018. The number of child protection plans ending during the year continued to increase, up 3 per cent to 67,900.

However, the number of child protection plans starting during the year fell by 3 per cent to 66,700.

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27/3/20