Children and Families
- Children receiving social services can be aged from 0 (or pre-birth) to 18. For some young people who have been looked after by a local authority, a social work or social worker-led service may continue up to the age of 26.
- The reasons why social work involvement may be necessary vary, but usually the parents, children and/or whole family will be experiencing a combination of practical, emotional, and relationship difficulties.
- Children and parents in all income groups and with a wide range of disabilities, emotional and relationship difficulties may be assessed as in need of a social work service. However, families from areas of higher deprivation are more likely to receive statutory social work services.
- During 2021, 570 Child Protection Orders were granted in emergency/high risk situations, with more orders granted for very young children.
- 4,397 initial and pre-birth Case Conferences were held – 76% of which resulted in a registration to the Child Protection Register.
- As at 31 July 2021, 2,104 children were on the Child Protection Register – the lowest this figure has been since 2002.
Looked after children
- As at 31 July 2021, 13,255 children were looked after – the lowest this figure has been since 2006.
- The most common types of placements for looked after children were: at home with parents, kinship care, and with foster carers.
- In 2020, the overall headcount for children's social services was 15,830 – a 5% increase since 2015.
- The two largest subsectors in children's social services were residential child care (55%) and fieldwork services (37%).
For queries relating to a child at risk of harm please contact the appropriate local authority directly.
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