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Children & Young People: Child Protection and Looked After Children

Key Issues (February 2015)

  • The rate of referral to children’s social care fell between 2009 and 2014, but the proportion of referrals that result in initial and core assessments increased over the same period.
  • In 2014, Wirral had a higher proportion of children assessed as being in need (396 per 10,000 population under 18) than the national rate (346 per 10,000). Of these the initial category of need was highest due to Family dysfunction (39.1%) followed by neglect (32.2%) at initial assessment.
  • The rate of children subject to a Child Protection Plan increased between 2008 and 2014 to 58 per 10,000 (higher than the England average of 52 per 10,000). The main reasons for children becoming subject to a child protection plan were neglect (38.8%) and physical abuse (38%).
  • As at 31st March 2014 Wirral has a higher number of children in care (99 per 10,000 population) compared to the national figure (60 per 10,000 population, 31st March 2014).

Latest Information 
Most recent Child Protection and Looked after Children section (February 2015) 

Wirral Council Children's Services Current Sufficiency Strategy 2015 to 2020 

Wirral Council Children's Services Previous Sufficiency Strategy 2015 

Ofsted social care annual report 2013/14 (March 2015) 
This state of the nation report on children’s social care draws upon over 5,600 inspections of a range of crucial social care services, including local authority children’s services, children’s homes, fostering services, adoption support agencies, secure training centres, and residential family centres. Access the report by selecting this PDF

Previous Children & Young People section - containing previous information on Child Protection and Looked After Children.

Other Information

Child Sexual Exploitation Profile (December 2014) 

Child Poverty section 
JSNA ChiMat Navigator for information about children and young people (our webpage and the full list can be found in this PDF)

Key information sources for you to consider:
Health and social care outcomes frameworks (Collection)
Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway
NHS Digital
Child and Maternal Health