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Child Safety and Wellbeing - Child Protection

Child Protection key trends

Last update March 2018

At 31 July 2017, there were 2,631 children on the child protection register – a decrease of 3%from 2016. The number of children on the child protection register has fluctuated regularly, but over the last decade or more, there has been a generally upwards trend. However, this may be changing, as the total has now fallen for three years consecutively.

Following updated information from local authorities, the 2016 data has been revised down slightly from the initial published figure from 2,723 to 2,715. Relatively large year-on-year rate changes are seen in a number of local authorities due to the relatively small number of children on the child protection register at local authority level.

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