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Child Safety and Wellbeing - Child Protection

Child Protection key trends

Last update March 2017










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 two years consecutively. The total increased by 34 per cent between 2000 and 2016 (from 2,050 to 2,723). Following updated information from local authorities, the 2015 data has been revised down slightly from the initial published figure from 2,751 to 2,741. The number of children registered in 2016 is higher than every year in the series before 2014; it has fallen 1 per cent since last year. It should be noted that relatively large year-on-year changes are experienced in a number of local authorities.

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