Data collected by the Department of Education has shown a 5% increase of children in need.
On 31 March 2013 378,000 were classified as being in need, and by 31 March 2014 this had increased to 397,000. This equates to 346.4 children in need per 10,000 in the population.
Furthermore, since 2010 referrals to Children’s Services rose by 10.8%, with 657,800 referrals in England during 2013/14, and the number of re-referrals also rose from 147,700 to 154,000.
The most common referral source is the police with 23,9% of referrals being from the police, 14% from health services, and 13.1% from schools.
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