Serious incident notifications made by councils rose by a fifth from 2019-20 to 2020-21, with over one-third of cases involving children under one.
The number of child deaths and cases of serious harm reported by councils rose by a fifth last year, following the onset of Covid-19, Department for Education data has shown.
Authorities made 536 serious incident notifications in 2020-21, up from 449 in 2019-20 and higher than the 498 they made in 2018-19. Reported deaths rose by 35 to 223 in 2020-21, while cases involving serious harm increased by 31 to 284. The remaining 29 incidents included cases involving a child perpetrator.
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