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Safeguarding Pressures Phase 1

Safeguarding related pressures on local authority children’s services departments has been a subject of much discussion and media attention since the death of Baby Peter was reported in November 2008. At its annual policy seminar on 4th and 5th of February 2010, the ADCS Council of Reference discussed the disparate information requests made to local authorities from a variety of sources to try and evidence these pressures, as well as recent media coverage which did not always report accurate data. ADCS agreed the importance of having robust, recent, national data to evidence changes in safeguarding activity. Consequently, a national project supported by the National College commenced to evaluate the impact of increased child protection and safeguarding activities as well as budget pressures associated with those increases. This report provides results of the initial phase: high level analysis of the data collection.