Number of referrals where there is a concern about a child's welfare
Referrals to Children's Social Care for the year April 2018 to March 2019 increased from 1490 in 2017/18 to 1967 in the current year. This represents a 32% increase on the previous year.
At the end of 18/19 there had been 1967 referrals, which is a year-end rate of 329.5 per 10,000 17 year olds, lower than the Statistical Near Neighbours (most similar authorities) and England average of 552.5
The teams have continued to manage a steady/busy flow of work including during the school holidays when there is usually a decrease in demand.