Children: Protection

Education written question – answered on 1st February 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children were on the Child Protection Register in each region (a) in total and (b) as a percentage of all children in the last year for which figures are available.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The available information is given in the following table.

Number and rate of children who were the subject of a child protection plan in each region in England, at 31 March 2011
Region Number Rate per 10,000 children (aged 0-17 years) Percentage of all children in region (aged 0-17 years)
Total England 42,700 38.7 0.4
North-east 2,700 51.0 0.5
North-west 6,300 42.5 0.4
Yorkshire and the Humber 4,400 40.0 0.4
East midlands 3,600 38.3 0.4
West midlands 4,900 41.2 0.4
East of England 4,000 31.8 0.3
London 6,500 38.6 0.4
South-east 6,800 37.2 0.4
South-west 3,600 33.9 0.3
Note: The number of children who were the subject of a children protection plan are rounded to the nearest 100 therefore regional figures may not sum to England total. Source: DFE Children in Need census, 2010-11, and ONS Population Estimates Unit.

The rate per 10,000 children in each region is also provided, in addition to the percentage of all children, as this is the standard measure published annually. Figures for the number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan are collected annually from local authorities through the child level Children in Need census. These figures are published annually in table 18 of the Statistical First Release 'Characteristics of Children in Need, 2010-11, Final' which is available at:

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