Rate of Looked After Children rate per 10,000 population (0-17 years).
The rate of Looked After Children per 10,000 children aged under 18 has risen during quarter 4 to 56.9.
This is a raise from 54.9 at the end of quarter 3, and a rise from 49.1 at the end of March 2017. Shropshire’s rate is now similar to statistical neighbour averages, and remains lower than the England average.
We have seen an increase in children becoming looked after over the year. This is much more in line with our statistical neighbours. Despite this increase we have also seen a decreasing use of s20 accommodation by 10 percentage points, a trend that has been maintained since April 2017. We have seen an increase in care proceedings being initiated which has resulted in more younger children entering the care of the local authority under the auspices of court orders. The increase in the level of care proceedings is as a result of strengthened child protection planning, early identification of risk and a revised national legal planning process.