Children: Protection

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 5th July 2007.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) how many children in Key Stages 3 and 4 were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years;

(2) how many young people in post-compulsory education aged 16 to 18 years were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years;

(3) how many children of primary school age were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

holding answer 4 July 2007

The available data are shown in the tables.

Table 1 provides information about the number of children in need who received a service during the children in need census weeks in February 2003 and February 2005 in England.

Table 2 provides information on the number of children and young people on the child protection register in England in the last five years by age.

The majority of children in need do not enter the child protection system so the figures shown in Table 2 represent a subset of those children in Table 1.

Table 1: Children in need who received a service during the census week in February 2003 and February 2005( 1, 2) —England
Age during the February census week
Number Under 1 1-4 5-9 10-15 16 and over
2005 234,700 14,400 44,200 52,300 83,100 40,700
2003(3) 226,700 12,900 47,400 50,500 78,400 37,500
(1 )Children upon whom the local authorities expended resources, either in terms of costed staff or centre time, or in terms of payments for placements or other services received by the child, including one-off payments.

(2) Children are looked after by social services or supported in families and independently.

(3) Includes estimates for four local authorities who did not return data.

Table 2: Children on the child protection register at 31 March each year, by age—England
Age as at 31 March
Number( 1) under 1 1-4 5-9 10-15 16 and over
2006 26,400 3,000 7,600 7,600 7,300 490
2005 25,900 3,000 7,400 7,400 7,300 490
2004 26,300 2,900 7,300 7,600 7,600 490
2003 26,600 2,800 7,600 7,700 7,600 510
2002 25,700 2,600 7,500 7,600 7,200 520
(1 )Includes unborn children.

The latest figures on children and young people on the child protection register were published in a Statistical First Release (SFR) 45/2006 "Referrals, assessments and children and young people on child protection registers, England—year ending 31 March 2006" on 16 November 2006. A copy of this release is available on my Department's website:

www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/

Figures on children in need for 2003 and 2005 were published in Statistical Volumes in February 2004 and March 2006, respectively; and are also available on the Department's website.

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