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Local authority child protection registers

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  • Release date: 25 November 2014
  • Period covered: 2014
  • Next update: November 2015
An annual report which includes data on the number of children by age, gender and time on register.

Key points

  • There were 3,135 children (including unborn children) on child protection registers at 31 March 2014. This is an increase of 6 per cent compared with 31 March 2013 and represents a rate of 50 children per 10,000 population aged under 18. This continues an increasing long-term trend since 2002.
  • There were 1,615 boys, 1,495 girls and 25 unborn children on the registers at 31 March 2014. 42 per cent of children on child protection registers were aged under 5.
  • The highest number of registrations was shown in categories involving neglect (42 per cent) and the lowest in categories of sexual abuse (7 per cent) (note that registrations may state more than one category of abuse).
  • There were 4,180 children added to registers during the year ending 31 March 2014, little change from the previous year. The number of children removed from the registers during the year decreased by 3 per cent to 3,995.


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