3 Summary of safeguarding activity in South Gloucestershire
Looked After Children
The graph below shows the number of Looked After Children in South Gloucestershire for the last five years. There were 178 Looked After Children in South Gloucestershire in 2014-15. Of these, 88 children and young people became looked after in the year and 78 children who had previously been looked after ceased to be. The number of Looked After Children is at its highest since 2011/12, and after a relatively low number in 2013/14 there has been a sharp increase in 2014/15.
Child Protection Plans
173 children and young people were subject of a Child Protection Plan during the year 2014-15. 50 children and young people became the subject of a Children Protection Plan for a second or subsequent time. While the trend of children subject of child protection has fallen and showed a period of stability, the number of children becoming subject of a second or subsequent child protection plan has increased and is at its highest for 5 years.
Referrals to Children’s Social Care
Over the course of 2014/15 2,358 children and young people were the subject of a referral to social care. 22% of referrals to Social Care were a second or subsequent referral. Over the last 3 years the number of children and young people referred to Social Care has increased steadily although referrals remain below the peak seen in 2010/11. The proportion of re-referrals has increased marginally over the last year but still remains below the re-referral rate in previous years.