Looked After Children

Monitoring

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 2 to 60.8 from 57.3 at the end of Q1 18/19. This is also a year-on-year increase against June 2017 (53.4) This puts Shropshire slightly higher than Statistical Neighbours (57.1) but below the national average (64) as at March 2018

We have seen an increase in children becoming looked after over last year. Children in need of accommodation due to safeguarding concerns has continued. Those concerns range from overall neglect, physical abuse, domestic abuse within the household, substance misuse and parental mental ill health. 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. This is much more in line with our statistical neighbours. Year on Year the proportion of Care Orders has increased by 9.5 percentage points, while the proportion of children under S20 has fallen by 9 percentage points. In Q2 for example, most of our new entries into care in July to September were as a result of care proceedings.