Rate of Looked Afer Children rate per 10,000 population (0-18 years).
The rate of Looked After Children per 10,000 children aged under 18 has risen during quarter 3 to 54.9.
This is a raise from 53.2 at the end of quarter 2, and a rise from 48.2 at the end of December 2016. Shropshire’s rate is now similar to statistical neighbour averages, and remains lower than the England average.
One of the key factors for the increase in LAC at quarter 3 is that we have discharged fewer children this year than we had in the previous year. It is important to reaffirm that our LAC strategy is not about reducing the number of children in care, but is about ensuring the right children are in care, at the right time and for the right duration.