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Local authorities have a responsibility to respond to all children who are identified as being in need, or in need of protection. This means that children and young people who are suffering from harm, abuse and neglect are quickly identified and the information is shared appropriately to afford them protection and ensure access to appropriate services in line with their assessed need.

In County Durham, the primary reason for children becoming subject to a child protection plan is as a result of neglect and the likelihood of neglect (75.5% as at 31st March 2017).

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Factsheet: Children in Need and Child Protection JSNA factsheet (PDF; 871Kb)

Key messages

  • As at 31st March 2017, 75% of children subject to a child protection plan were aged less than 10 years old, and almost half of these were under 5 years (48%).
  • Domestic abuse features in over a quarter of all initial child protection conferences and continues to be the most common factor across all localities.

Links to data

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