protection registers have been published by the department of
health. The publication covers the year ending 31 March 1998.
- There were 31,600 children on child protection registers at 31
children per 10,000 population aged under 18.
- There were 30,000 additions to the registers (registrations)
during the year ending 31 March 1998 and 30,200 children were
de-registered over the same period, an increase of 3% in
registrations and an increase of 5% in de-registrations compared to
the previous year.
- There were more boys than girls on the register at the end of the
year, a reversal of the position a decade ago.
- Younger children were more likely to be on the registers than
older children. Of the children on the registers at 31 March 1998,
9% were aged under one, 30% aged one to four and 31% aged five to
- 8,000 (25%) of the children on the register at 31 March 1998 were
also looked after by local authorities.
- 39% of registrations during 1997/98 related to children considered
at risk of neglect; this proportion has been rising steadily since
1994. In contrast the use of the categories physical injury and
sexual abuse has fallen.
- 19% of children registered during 1997/98 had been registered
before; this proportion has increased slowly since 1992.
- 13% of children leaving the register had been on it for over 2
years; this proportion has declined in recent years.
- The proportion of child protection conferences not leading to
registration continues to fall.
1. Copies of Children and Young People on Child Protection Registers
Year Ending 31 March 1998, England are available at a charge of£8
from the Department of Health, P O Box 410, Wetherby, LS23 7LN, fax:
0990 210 266.
2. Tables in the publication cover details of children on registers,
including age, sex, category of abuse and legal status. Similar
information for registrations during the year includes age, sex,
category of abuse, 'first' registrations and numbers who were the
subject of initial child protection conferences.
3. The publication includes figures for individual local authorities
and estimates for England. Many tables contain rates per 10,000
population as well as the relevant numbers.
4. A summary of the figures, and of other related statistics, can be
found at the Department of Health's website: