The most recent data on Child Protection Plans for Hackney’s statistical peers is from 2014 and shows an average rate of 40.9 per 10,000 residents aged 0-17, which was broadly similar to Hackney’s rate of 37.9 per 10,000 that year. 2

The number, and rate, of Child Protection Plans in Hackney has seen a marginal decrease over the past three years (Table 3).

Table 3: Child Protection Plans in Hackney as at 31 March

Source: Children’s Social Care Bi-Annual Report to Members, London Borough of Hackney, July 2015

Between 2013 and 2015, the proportion of children remaining on a Child Protection Plan for either a very short (under three months) or long (over two years) period of time has increased, with fewer children remaining on a plan for an intermediate period of time (Table 4). It has been proposed that the increase in the percentage of children subject to a plan for a short amount of time may be due to an increase in the number of children becoming subject to a plan in the three months prior to the collection of these data (i.e. between January and March 2015). Statistical peer and national data are not yet available for 2015 to compare whether this effect has been observed elsewhere.

Table 4: Duration of Child Protection Plans, as at 31 March

Source: Children’s Social Care Bi-Annual Report to Members, London Borough of Hackney, July 2015

The proportion of Child Protection Plans that were placed on children who had been subject to one previously decreased from 17% to 11.4% between 2012/13 and 2014/15.

Due to its very small child population (see Section 1.2), the number of children requiring a statutory social care intervention in the City of London is low compared to other local authorities.

 

References

  1. Public Health England, “Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing,” [Online]. Available: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/cypmh/data. [Accessed 18 October 2016]
  2. Public Health England, “Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing,” [Online]. Available: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile-group/mental-health/profile/cypmh/data. [Accessed 18 October 2016]