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11% increase in referrals to children’s services

“The pressure on children’s social workers has increased dramatically in the last year latest government figures have shown.

The number of children on child protection plans has increased by 12% since last year and jumped by 23.5% since March, 2010. In comparison, the increase from 2011-12 to 2012-13 was 0.5%.

The figures also showed children’s services were dealing with an 11% increase in referrals between March 2013 and March 2014. This has been a marked jump compared with previous years, although the report notes this could be the result of several high profile child protection cases covered in the media.”

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