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Local authority child protection registers

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  • Release date: 24 November 2015
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2015
An annual report which includes data on the number of children by age, gender and time on register.

Key points

  • There were 2,936 children (including unborn children) on child protection registers at 31 March 2015. This is a decrease of 6 per cent compared with 31 March 2014 and represents a rate of 47 children per 10,000 population aged under 18. The decrease on last year ends the trend of the last decade which had seen a steady long-term increase.
  • There were 1,460 boys, 1,460 girls and 15 unborn children on the registers at 31 March 2015. 41 per cent of children on child protection registers were aged under 5.
  • The highest number of registrations was shown in categories involving neglect (43 per cent) and the lowest in categories of sexual abuse (8 per cent) (note that registrations may state more than one category of abuse).
  • There were 4,435 children added to registers during the year ending 31 March 2015, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year. The number of children removed from the registers during the year increased by 16 per cent to 4,635.


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