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rise in the number of children taken into care

27 September 2012

This year has seen a 3% rise in the number of children taken into care in England. The sum total of children in care rose by 2%, currently standing at around 67,000.

Is this increase to be explained simply by a rise in the number of abuse and neglect cases? It is hard to believe that parents now treat their children worse. More likely is that these figures reflect a change in approach by social care professionals. How much of this is to be put down to the “Baby P effect” is debatable.

Most indicative of this more risk averse mindset is the marked rise in the number of babies taken into care. What some put down to financial strain caused by the recession may also be explained by the fact that children under one are often easier to place.

Alternatively, could this increase merely be down to a baby boom, and other demographic factors?

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