15/05/2014

Number On Child Protection Register Drops

The number of children listed on the Child Protection Register in Northern Ireland fell by 2% over the year to 31 March 2014, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

At 31 March this year, 1,914 children were listed on the Child Protection Register in Northern Ireland, indicating a drop over the year of 2% from 1,961.

Changes by Trust range from a decrease of 15% in the Belfast Trust to an increase of 12% in the Western Trust.

At 31 March 2014 the largest proportion of children were on the Register due to Neglect Only (30%). 74% of children on the Child Protection Register at 31 March 2014 had been on the Register for less than one year, with 2% of children on the Register for three years or longer.

Child Protection Referrals for the quarter ending 31 March 2014 were 9% lower than the previous quarter and 9% below the number of referrals for the same quarter in 2013.

51% of all referrals originated from within Social Services, 15% from the PSNI, 10% from School/Educational Welfare Officers, 4% from Relatives and 11% from 'Other' sources.

(IT/CD)

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