Financial Year 2020-21

Serious incident notifications

This is the latest data

These figures are experimental statistics on serious incidents involving children that local authorities have notified the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel about. This includes the number of notifiable serious incidents by:

  • age group;
  • gender;
  • ethnicity;
  • disability;
  • notification nature;
  • placement type; and
  • whether the child is known to other agencies or has a Child Protection Plan (CPP).

Notifiable serious incidents are those that involve death or serious harm to a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected, and any death of a looked after child.

The most recent published data relates to the second half of the 2020-21 financial year with commentary provided on the full financial year 2020-21. This data therefore relates to the COVID-19 pandemic period.

Headline facts and figures - 2020-21

  • In 2020-21, there were 536 serious incident notifications, up 87 on 2019-20. The largest increase in the total number of serious incident notifications occurred during the first half of the year (60 compared with 27 in the second half of the year).
  • Compared with a year earlier, notifications relating to child deaths increased by 35 to 223 in 2020-21 and notifications relating to serious harm increased by 31 to 284 in 2020-21.
  • The highest proportion of serious incident notifications continues to be for children under 1.

The data shows the number of incidents reported in the period, rather than the number of incidents that occurred in the period. 

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