WALES – 20,000 children in need in Wales in 2012

Welsh Government publishes children in need census for 2012

Statistics on children in need have been published by the Welsh Government. They include data for Wales for the period up to the end of March 2012. This latest release updates the statistics previously released on 29 February 2012.

The key points from the release are:

  • There were 20,240 children in need included in the CIN census at 31 March 2012 (19,655 in 2011), which was a rate of 320 per 10,000 children aged under 18 years, and 70 who were unborn.
  • 7,995 children in need (39 per cent) were either on the child protection register (11 per cent) or looked after by a local authority (28 per cent). 
  • More than a third (36 per cent) of referrals were from local authority departments and a further 29 per cent from the police and primary or community health services.
  • A quarter (25 per cent) of children in need had a disability.
  • Parental substance or alcohol misuse and domestic abuse were the most frequently recorded parenting capacity factors.
  • The attainment of children in need at each Key Stage assessment was much lower than the average for all pupils.

The 2012 census can be viewed here. The 2011 census is here.


SOURCE: Family Law Week

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