Coun­cil steps in to pro­tect hun­dreds of city chil­dren

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Hun­dreds of abused and ne­glected chil­dren in Peter­bor­ough needed lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to step in and pro­tect them over 12 months, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion.

The lat­est fig­ures show that 337 child pro­tec­tion plans, were im­ple­mented in Peter­bor­ough in the year ending March 2017.

Child pro­tec­tion plans are put in place after a child is taken into po­lice pro­tec­tion or put under an emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der, or if there is a strong suspicion that a child will suf­fer sig­nif­i­cant harm.The most com­mon rea­son was ne­glect, which ac­counted for 223 or 66 per cent of cases.

But 11 were for sex­ual abuse, 20 were for phys­i­cal abuse and 83 were for emo­tional abuse. For ev­ery 1,000 young­sters under 18 in Peter­bor­ough, seven were under child pro­tec­tion plans.

Across the east of Eng­land, 5,270 child pro­tec­tion plans were im­ple­mented be­tween April 2016 and March 2017, a rate of four for ev­ery 1,000 chil­dren.

The rate in Peter­bor­ough was higher than that for the whole of Eng­land, where there were six child pro­tec­tion plans for ev­ery 1,000 chil­dren.

The fig­ures also show there were 15 per cent fewer child pro­tec­tion plans im­ple­mented in 2016/17 in Peter­bor­ough than dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 12 months, but across the whole of Eng­land the num­ber in­creased by five per cent, rep­re­sent­ing some 3,100 chil­dren.

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