“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.”