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Referrals, assessments and social services for children

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  • Release date: 2 September 2015
  • Period covered: 2014-15
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 35,400 referrals during the year. 21 per cent of referrals were for children who had previously been referred to the same local authority compared to 22 per cent in the previous year.
  • Nearly 27,200 initial assessments were completed. 76 per cent were carried out within 7 working days of referral compared to 72 per cent in the previous year.
  • Over four-fifths (81 per cent) of required core assessments were completed within 35 working days, which is the same as in 2013-14.
  • 2,936 children were registered on local authority Child Protection Registers (CPRs) at 31 March 2015. 31 per cent of children had been on CPRs for less than 3 months, while 16 per cent of children had been on registers for more than 12 months.


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