Child protection

According to the LSCB Annual Report for 2010, the county total of children subject to a child protection plan has stabilised throughout 2009-2010 at around the 340-365 mark. The overall rate of registration per 1,000 0-18 year olds in Cambridgeshire increased slightly throughout the year from 2.85 to 2.92, a high rate in comparison to other comparator authorities in the previous year. The Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire area has consistently had lower numbers and a lower rate of registrations than Fenland, although by the end of March 2010, the rate was higher in Huntingdonshire than Fenland for the first time, which may be due to a variation in threshold criteria rather than a true reflection of need.