Research from 114 councils shows referrals for over 115,000 children in a year.   Over 150,00 born between 2009-2010 were referred by the age of 5. 

The report shows that social workers are under pressure to follow up all referrals to make sure they don't miss any child at risk, but that this can lead to them following unnecessary referrals making it harder to find those who really are at risk.