Number of referrals where there is a concern about a child's welfare
In 2019/20, referrals to Children’s Social Care decreased slightly against the previous year – falling from 1996 in 18/19 to 1882 in 19/20, a decrease of 5.7%.
During Q1 and Q2 this year, there have been 917 referrals to social care, almost exactly in line with the 916 referrals received in the same period last year. Referrals in August were below the 19/20 monthly average of 156, while July and September were above this average.
Latest available benchmarking data indicates that Shropshire referral levels are below most of its statistical neighbour (SN) group. The average for the group being 422.43 referrals for every 10,000 U18 residents, where Shropshire y/e 19/20 figure gives a rate of 314.
Most referrals (92%) go on to receive a social work assessment, with only 5% requiring no further action.
The main referral source during the year has been the police (30%). As expected with covid-19 closures, referrals from schools and education services have fallen. Only 3% of referrals during Q1 and 2 were made by education services and 10% by schools. Last year 26% of referrals were made by education services and schools. There is early evidence of this increasing, when September is considered in isolation schools and education services made 21% of referrals.