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General 394,000 kids had been on the books of social providers in England on the finish of March 2016

Home violence and poor psychological well being are the largest points going through kids on the books of social providers in England, new figures present.

Virtually half of youngsters deemed to be in want of council assist by the top of March this 12 months had been victims of home violence.

And poor psychological well being was a difficulty in additional than a 3rd of instances, in line with Division for Schooling statistics.

The NSPCC stated the figures had been “troubling”.

The general variety of kids deemed to be “in want” by social providers throughout England stood at 394,000 – a slight rise of zero.9% on the 2015 determine of 391,000 and “comparatively steady”, in line with the federal government.

Of those, 50,310 had been the topic of a kid safety plan – up 1.2% on 2015’s 49,700 and a determine which continues to rise, having been lower than 40,000 in 2010.

The kids on the books of social providers in March confronted an array of issues, the figures recommend.

These embrace:

  • 49.6% confronted home violence
  • 36.6% had psychological well being issues
  • 19.three% had drug abuse points
  • 18.four% alcohol abuse points
  • 17.5% confronted neglect
  • 6.four% sexual abuse
  • 1.2% had been concerned with gangs
  • zero.6% had been unaccompanied asylum seekers
  • zero.three% had been victims of kid trafficking

The biggest age group was 10-to-15-year-olds, accounting for 30.6% of the kids, whereas just below 1 / 4 had been under 5 years outdated and 52.7% of the whole group had been boys.

An NSPCC spokeswoman stated the truth that psychological well being was recognized as an element in additional than a 3rd of instances “highlights why greater than ever we’d like swift and applicable assist for many who are struggling with psychological well being points”.

She added: “We additionally know that 9 in 10 kids who’ve been abused go on to undergo psychological well being issues earlier than they attain the age of 18.”

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Simply over half the kids had been boys, the figures recommend

The NSPCC is asking on the federal government to offer improved psychological well being assist for youngsters who’ve suffered abuse.

The Native Authorities Affiliation stated councils had confronted important funding cuts whereas the variety of kids needing assist had risen.

“We can’t permit such an unsustainable stress to construct up on a service that protects our most weak kids,” stated Richard Watts, chairman of the LGA’s Youngsters and Younger Folks Board.

“Our evaluation… warns kids’s providers face a £1.9bn funding hole by 2020. It is important that native authorities have the sources they should maintain kids and younger folks protected.”

Mr Watts stated the LGA backed pressing enhancements and extra funding in Little one and Adolescent Psychological Well being Companies, notably for youngsters in care.