Study highlights statistical variation

A study
of eight local authorities has highlighted reasons for the variance
in council statistics on child protection and looked-after

report by London University’s Institute of Education found that
variations had several causes: technical reasons such as poor
recording systems or inaccurate use of statistics; where it was
difficult to have exact figures, such as the large numbers of
asylum-seekers; and questions of interpretation, for example to
what extent ratings in indicators were a true reflection of

causes identified by the report were: policies and staff attitudes;
the extent of inter-agency working; professional expertise and
management skills; and availability of family support services
could have contributed to the variations.

Figures and Facts: Local Authority Variance on Indicators
Concerning Child Protection and Children Looked After
available from 020 7612 6050.

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