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Referrals, assessments and social services for children

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  • Release date: 7 September 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
An annual report which includes information on referrals by local authority, young carers and those on Child Protection Registers.

Key points

  • Local authorities received over 33,500 referrals during the year a decrease of 5.3 per cent compared with 2014-15. There were just over 6,700 re-referrals within 12 months in 2015-16.
  • Nearly 26,400 initial assessments were completed, a decrease of 2.9 per cent compared to 2014-15.
  • 3,059 children were registered on local authority Child Protection Registers (CPRs) at 31 March 2016. 34 per cent of children had been on CPRs for less than 3 months, while 14 per cent of children had been on registers for more than 12 months.
  • Just over 6,600 health assessments were due for looked after children. Of these, nearly 5,200 (78 per cent) of health assessments were undertaken as required.


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