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Local authority child protection registers

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  • Release date: 29 November 2016
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2016
  • Next update: February 2018
An annual report which includes data on the number of children by age, gender and time on register.

Key points

  • There were 3,059 children (including unborn children) on child protection registers at 31 March 2016. This is an increase of 4 per cent compared with 31 March 2015 and represents a rate of 49 children per 10,000 population aged under 18.
  • The highest number of registrations was shown in categories involving neglect (48 per cent) and the lowest in categories of sexual abuse (5 per cent) (note that registrations may state more than one category of abuse).
  • There were 4,400 children added to registers during the year ending 31 March 2016, a decrease of 0.8 per cent on the previous year. The number of children removed from the registers during the year decreased by 8 per cent to 4,275.


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