Number of referrals where there is a concern about a child's welfare
Referrals to Children's Social Care for the year April to December increased from 1045 in 2017/18 to 1473 in the current year. This represents a 41% increase on the previous year.
At the end of 17/18 there had been 1488 referrals, which is a year-end rate of 248.2 per 10,000 17 year olds, lower than the Statistical Near Neighbours (most similar authorities) and England average of 552.5
Q3 has shown a continued increase in the number of referrals over the year. 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.