Children’s Services factsheet

By on 14/03/2011 in Factsheets

Information correct on March 14 2011

There are 280,000 children in Birmingham

Of these, 253,300 are aged 0-17yrs 

Of those it is estimated 92,100 will be considered 'vulnerable' and 8,685 as at 22nd January 2011 will be considered as 'in need' (as defined by the 1989 Children Act and based on national averages).

During the first six months of 2010, 1,393 child protection investigations were carried out by children's services under Section 47 of that Act (sometimes known as S47 investigations). One of the outcomes from S47 investigations is the convening of a child protection conference. This meeting brings all relevant agencies and parents together to look at the circumstances of the child and to decide whether or not they should be subject to a 'child protection plan'

In December 2010, there were 1,408 children subject to child protection plans (56 per 10,000) compared to 1,194 (47 per 10,000) in December 2009.

In December 2010 there were 1,972 children in care (78 per 10,000) compared with 2,100 in December 2009 (83 per 10,000)

As at December 2010 there were 1408 children subject to child protection plans. Of these:

  • 696 were boys and 664 girls and 48 recorded as pre-birth
  • 605 had a plan for reasons of neglect
  • 144 for physical abuse
  • 91 for sexual abuse
  • 422 for emotional abuse
  • 146 for multiple reasons
  • 167 were aged under 1yr
  • 441 1-4yrs
  • 373 5-9yrs
  • 351 10-15yrs
  • 37 16+
  • 38 recorded as pre birth

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