Rate of Looked After Children rate per 10,000 population (0-17 years).
Demand on rates of Looked After Children has stabilised after significant growth during 2018/19.
During 2018/19 there were increases in demand, resulting in an increase of children requiring accommodation due to safeguarding concerns. Those concerns range from neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance misuse, parental mental health and domestic abuse. As such we have seen an increase in the number of care proceedings being initiated last year. The majority of children entering the care system do so subject to court proceedings. All children entering care are subject to senior management approval and we closely monitor and track all children.
During 2019/20 the rate of looked after children has stabilised. The rate per 10,000 U18s at March 2019 was 66.1. This has remained stable throughout the year and currently stands at 68.4
The current rate in Shropshire is higher than Statistical Neighbours rate of (59) and slightly above the national average of (65). (As at March 2019) .