Rate of Looked After Children rate per 10,000 population (0-17 years).
Demand has increased across all areas of safeguarding services with a further increase in the rate of Looked After Children.
This increase in demand relates to an increase in children requiring accommodation due to safeguarding concerns. Those concerns range from neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, substance misuse, parental mental health and domestic abuse. As such we have seen an increase in the number of care proceedings being initiated this year. The majority of children entering the care system do so subject to court proceedings. All children entering care are subject to senior management approval and we closely monitor and track all children.
The rate per 10,000 U18s has risen during Quarter 3 to 61.6 from 59.8 at the end of Q2 18/19. This is also a year-on-year increase against June 2017 (53.4) This puts Shropshire higher than Statistical Neighbours rate of (57.1) but below the national average (64).