Rate of Looked After Children rate per 10,000 population (0-17 years).
The rate of Looked After Children per 10,000 U18s has risen during Quarter 1 to 57.3 from 56.6 at the end of Q4 17/18. This is also a year-on-year increase against June 2017 (51.1) This puts Shropshire slightly higher than Statistical Neighbours (55.5) but below the national average (62).
We have seen an increase in children becoming looked after over last year. Children in need of accommodation due to safeguarding concerns has continued. We saw an increase in care proceedings being initiated last year and the care proceedings work has continued 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 robust legal planning process. This is much more in line with our statistical neighbours. Year on Year the proportion of Care Orders has increased by 5.8 percentage points, while the proportion of children under Section 20 has fallen by 7 percentage points; nearly 3/4 of our LAC population is related to court orders confirming the need for the child to be looked after by the local authority.