Nearly 50,000 children were the subject of a child protection plans in the 12 months to March.
A total of 49,700 plans were drawn up, according to a new statistical bulletin from the Department for Education, compared to 48,300 the previous year. The figures represent a rise of 2.9 per cent in 12 months and a hefty 27.1 per cent since 2010.
Child protection plans are drafted by local authorities when a particular youngster is thought to be at risk.
The majority of plans drawn up in the year to March were prompted by concerns over child neglect: a total of 22,230. Last year, neglect prompted six per cent fewer plans: 20,970. Plans related to sexual abuse cases also rose over the same period, by 5.9 per cent, from 2,210 to 2,340.
By contrast, child protection plans prompted by cases of physical abuse fell by nearly nine per cent in the year to March, from 4,760 to 4,350.
Read Characteristics of Children in Need: 2014 to 2015 here.