Since June 2014, all but 2 reports against this measure has been green. Performance has steadily improved over the last three years. This was expected as the Early Help offer effectively intercepts the lower need demand, leaving only those children needing a Social Care Service to reach the Referral Stage.
Performance has improved since Q3 (October to December) from 96.8% to 97.6%. All referrals that do not lead to the provision of a Social Care Service remain under review to ensure appropriate safeguarding decisions are made.