Number of children with Child Protection Plans (CPP) per 10,000 population aged 0-18 years
The overall aim of a Child Protection Plan is to ensure the child is safe and prevent him or her from suffering further harm. Numbers of Children with a Child Protection Plan are continually monitored to ensure children have the right support to promote welfare, health and development.
The rate of children with a Child Protection Plan (CPP) began to decline during 2016/17. Progress in the quality of our child protection planning is evidenced in the Independent Review Unit RAG Rating Reports. Where safeguarding concerns are addressed, we are now ending CPP as appropriate and stepping down to Child In Need planning; ensuring that children have a gradual step down in services before stepping down to Early Help.
The rate of Child Protection plans per 10k U18s increased slightly between Q4 17/18 (31.8) and Q1 18/19 (33.7). Year on Year, the rate is almost the same, at 33.8 against 33.7 and is a similar rate as June 2017. Shropshire's rate remains below both Statistical Neighbour and England Averages.
There is a correlation between this and the increase in numbers of children becoming looked after. We would not have dual plans in place for children where effective safeguarding planning is taking place. Care Proceedings are instigated in a timely fashion This is an area that will continue to be closely monitored.