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NAO charts growing pressures on children’s social care

 

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NAO charts growing pressures on children’s social care

The National Audit Office says it can’t understand the reasons for the sharp rise in child protection assessments by local authorities, which are growing at a much higher rate than the population of children to age 17.

Its report finds that while referrals to local authorities have grown slightly, there were 77% more assessments between 2010/11 and 2017/18.