Number of referrals where there is a concern about a child's welfare
In 2020/21 there were 2029 referrals to children’s social care, which represents a 7.8% increase on the 1882 during the previous year.
In 2021/22 to date, there have been 500 children referred to social care, which is 25% higher than the same quarter last year when there were 399 referrals.
Latest available benchmarking data indicates that Shropshire referral levels are below all of the comparator groups.
Shropshire 336.5 referrals for every 10,000 U18 residents, compared to England 494.3, West Midlands 494.5 and Statistical Neighbours (SN) 395.79
SN = those authorities most statistically similar to Shropshire