Domestic violence most common factor for ‘in need’ children

01 December 2016

Domestic violence and poor mental health are the biggest issues facing children known to social services in England. 

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Domestic violence was a factor for almost half of children assessed by local authorities in the year to March 2015. Mental health issues, for the child or family members, were identified in more than a third of cases.

The figures, from November’s DfE children in need census, show that 394,000 are deemed ‘in need’ across England, up slightly on the previous year. Of these, 50,310 were the subject of a child protection plan (up 1.2% on 2015), reflecting a rise from less than 40,000 in 2010.

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