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‘Child in need’ stats fell last year – why?

Fewer children’s social care referrals are passing ‘child in need’ thresholds 

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The proportion of children assessed as meeting ‘child in need’ thresholds by social services fell last year, government figures show.

The Department for Education statistics show 23% of social services assessments in 2014-15 led to a decision that a child was ‘not in need’, up from 19.4% in the previous year.

Read more in Community Care: Fewer children’s social care referrals passing ‘child in need’ threshold, figures show

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