Increase in children in need of help or protection

The National Audit Office has published a report looking at progress in improving the system to help and protect children. It found that the demand for help and protection is rising, and that over the last 10 years there has been a 124% rise in the rate of enquiries made by local authorities when they believe a child may be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm. The report concludes that services are often poor and Ofsted found that only 23% of local authorities were ‘good’ or ‘better’ at providing child protection services.

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