Rate of Looked After Children rate per 10,000 population (0-17 years).
Demand has increased across all areas of safeguarding services with a further increase in the rate of Looked After Children.
This increase in demand relates to an increase in 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 this 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.
At year end for 2019/20, there were 399 looked after children in Shropshire. This is an increase of 1% from the 395 children looked after at the end of 18/19.
This 11.7% increase over year end 19/20, appears to be driven by a greater number of children becoming looked after and fewer leaving care.
The rate of children looked after has increased to 74.3 children per 10,000 U18s. This is higher than the 2018/19 SN average (59) and England average (65). It should be noted that this benchmarking data is now 18 months old. New benchmarking data, covering 19/20 is scheduled for a December 2020 release