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'While these figures are a useful tool for local authorities who will no doubt analyse and assess what their own figures might mean, statistics in isolation cannot give us the full picture of what might be going on within a local area. More important than an increase or decrease in numbers, and what we are consistently seeing, is that local authorities better understand the families they are working with and have a better grasp of their needs.Alison O’Sullivan, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), said:
Local authorities are trialling innovative new ways of working to provide earlier forms of intervention, demonstrating the high priority being given to child protection, nationally and locally, within the wider context of increasing demand and the need to use budgets effectively to meet these challenges.'
'Though local authorities have experienced significant budget reductions over the last five years we remain active in protecting a growing number of children and young people as these latest figures show. Our partner agencies, including in health services and schools, are better trained and more effective in identifying need and are increasingly working with local authorities to provide extra help and support to children, young people and their families in order to prevent crises.'Please click here to view the spreadsheet, which, in addition to the monthly national stats, has a tab displaying a breakdown of application and children numbers by local authority for each complete quarter from April 2012.
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