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Children: Abuse

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were subject to abuse whilst subject to a child protection plan in each of the last five years. (244554)

[holding answer 16 December 2008]: Information on the number of children who were subject to abuse while subject to a child protection plan is not collected nationally.

Table 1 shows the number of children who were the subject of a child protection plan at 31 March 2008, according to the category of abuse which led to the plan being put in place, for the years 2004 to 2008.

Table 1: Children who were the subject of a Child Protection Plan (CPP), by category of abuse1,2, years ending 31 March 2004 to 2008

Coverage: England

Number

Percentage

Category of abuse

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

All children

26,300

25,900

26,400

27,900

29,200

100

100

100

100

100

Neglect

11,000

11,400

11,800

12,500

13,400

42

44

45

45

46

Physical abuse

4,100

3,900

3,600

3,500

3,400

15

15

14

12

12

Sexual abuse

2,500

2,400

2,300

2,000

2,000

9

9

9

7

7

Emotional abuse

5,100

5,200

6,000

7,100

7,900

20

20

23

25

27

Multiple/not recommended by ‘Working Together’3

3,600

3,000

2,700

2,700

2,500

14

12

10

10

9

1 Figures may not add due to rounding.

2 This table includes unborn children.

3 ‘Multiple’ refers to instances where there is more than one main category of abuse. These children are not counted under the other abuse headings, so a child can appear only once in this table. ‘Not recommended’ refers to classificatory categories not recommended by ‘Working Together’ (1999).

Source:

CPR3

The latest figures on the numbers and percentage of children subject to Child Protection Plans or placed on the Child Protection Register were published in a Statistical First Release (SFR) 24/2008 “Referrals, Assessments and Children and Young People who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan, England—Year ending 31 March 2008” on 16 September 2008. A copy of this release is available on my Department’s website:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000811/index.shtml