Table 2.3 shows that there were 3,884 child protection registrations during 2010/11 (year ending 31 July 2011), an increase of 9 per cent compared with 2009/10 (year ending 31 March 2010).
The main category of abuse/risk for forty two per cent of all registrations was Physical Neglect, whilst 27 per cent was Emotional Abuse.
As a result of the revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government on 13 December 2010, local authorities are now to record risks/concerns rather than a main category of abuse. As a result of this, there has been a slight increase in the number of 'Unknowns' recorded in the main category of abuse as local authorities migrate to the new recording requirements.
However, although the number of registrations by main category of abuse/risk in 2010/11 are not directly comparable with previous years figures due to this change, it can still be seen that the number of registrations as a result of Emotional Abuse has continued to rise.
Table 2.3: Number of registrations following an initial/pre-birth case conference: 2006/07-2010/11, by main category of abuse/risk identified by conference
|Category of abuse/risk||Year Ended 31 March…||Year Ended 31 July…||% of total 2011|
|Failure to thrive||7||8||14||3||1||0%|
Note: The Category of Abuse Figures prior to 2010/11 are not directly comparable due to a change in the way the category of abuse/risk were to be recorded for Case Conferences that took place after 1 August 2011 (following the implemenation of the new Concerns/Risks identified at Case Conferences that were to be introduced in light of the revised National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, published by the Scottish Government on 13 December 2010).
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