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Sunday, September 16, 2007
  More Babies taken into care -> More babies dying
The linked story is to one in the Sunday Telegraph which reveals that the increase in numbers of newborns taken into care has actually been accompanied by an increase in deaths of babies from homicide rather than a reduction.

To that extent it is clear that the changes in the child protection system are failing to protect children.
 
Comments:
These are the statistics from the Telegraph

"In 1995, when 540 newborns were removed for adoption, there were 17 murders in which the victim was less than a year old. A decade later, in 2005/6, 1,400 were taken, yet the murder total rose to 24"

Could we have these statistics as a proportion of the population of newborns please. The above statistics are meaningless. Please recalculate and forward to me by email if possible. Proportionality or some reasoned statistics is required. Raw data is pointless.

Dr Rita Pal
www.nhsexposed.com
www.nhsexposedblog.blogspot.com
 
Unless you mistakenly believe the newborn numbers could have dramatically changed, the rates are not "meaningless". Anyway from
[http://www.optimumpopulation.org/opt.more.ukpoptable.html]
we find
Births 1996: 722,000
Births 2005: 717,500
and the year-to-year variation swamps the difference (and newborn migration).

The murder numbers are too small to draw confident conclusions about trends except that there is no obvious improvement (assuming the years are not cherry-picked and definitions haven't changed). Yearly statistics over the whole decade would be better.
 
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