Journal Article

Variations in Registration on Child Protection Registers

Richard Pugh

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 1, pages 5-21
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Variations in Registration on Child Protection Registers

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This paper outlines some of the limitations of the annual data reports on child protection registrations provided in England and Wales and reports the findings of a study into patterns of variation on child protection registers. Previous studies of variations on child protection registers have usually examined variations between particular categories of registration, or focused upon the aggregated numbers of children registered in local areas. Unlike the limited official data, this study examined the actual periods of time that children remained registered. It found that there were significant variations by gender, age and local authority, in the periods of time registered. The paper concludes by raising questions about the range and nature of information that might usefully be collected about children, the merits of integrating data-sets, and the uses to which such data might be put.

Keywords: child protection registers; child protection data

Journal Article.  7441 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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