The NSPCC has published the following statistics showing the number of children on child protection registers or subject to a child protection plan at 31 March 2011 across the UK.
Child protection registers contain confidential details of children who are at continuing risk of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect, and for whom there is a child protection plan. Registers cover each local authority area in the UK and are managed by individual social services departments. In England a child protection register is no longer held but information is collected on children who are the subject of a child protection plan.
Child protection plans or child protection registrations are not a measure of the incidence of maltreatment but do give some indication of the scale of the problem by providing figures for the number of children who are judged to be at risk of significant harm. However, research indicates that abuse and neglect are both under-reported and under-recorded.