Number of referrals where there is a concern about a child's welfare
Anyone who has concerns about a child's welfare can make a referral to Children's social care. Referrals can come from the child themselves, professionals such as teachers, the police, GPs and health visitors as well as family members and members of the public.
Children's social care has the responsibility to clarify with the referrer the nature of the concerns and how and why they have arisen.
The child must be seen by a qualified social worker as soon as possible following a referral and the child's needs and safety remain paramount at all times.
The number of referrals received by Children's social care in Shropshire at Q1 shows that month on month (April, June and July) referrals have more or less been static in terms of numbers ranging from 127 in April to 137 in June. Overall there were 99 more referrals at the end of Q1 compared to the same period last year (302) which represents a 32.7% increase. Overall demands for children’s social care appear to be steadily increasing, we have not yet seen a dip in demand thus far in Q1. It is anticipated that Q2 will show a dip which is commensurate with the extended school holidays in July/August.