Hartlepool Borough Council

Working in Prevention, Safeguarding and Specialist Services

The Area

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Hartlepool is located on the North East coast of England within the Tees Valley sub region. It is a compact town, which is linked to the rest of the region and country by road, rail and sea.

Approximately 90,000 people live in the town of which 22,324 or 24.8% are children and young people aged 0-18. 1.2% of the overall population are from black and minority ethnic communities and almost a fifth of the population are at or above retirement age. The town combines dense urban areas, an established marina and expanding suburbs with a number of distinct rural villages. It is a proud town steeped in history and maritime heritage and the people of the Borough have a strong sense of local identity.

Hartlepool is a unitary local authority covering the town with a directly elected mayor and cabinet political structure. Other major service providers sharing the local authority boundary are the Hartlepool Primary Care Trust, the Police Basic Command Unit and the Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters. The Learning and Skills Council, Jobcentre Plus and the Probation Service have established locality teams. There is a strong tradition of partnership working in the Borough, more recently through the work of the Hartlepool Partnership, which brings together the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. Statistical information for Hartlepool

Statistical Information For Hartlepool

According to the 2007 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD), seven out of Hartlepool's seventeen wards are among the top 10% most deprived in England , with five of these wards being in the top 3%. Unemployment in April 2007 stood at 4.7% compared to 2.5% nationally. The 2001 census indicated that 60.1% of households (22,684) had a car, 8.7% (3,234) were single parent families and 21.4% (7,986) were households with dependant children.

In Hartlepool approximately 372 private landlords are registered on the voluntary landlord accreditation scheme and own 1,551 of the properties in the Borough that are privately let. There is a significant shortage of affordable single room accommodation that can be rented by young people.

Close to a quarter (23.8%) of Hartlepool's residents identified themselves as having a limiting long-term illness in the 2001 census, compared to less than one in five nationally (17.6%). In 2006, boys born in Hartlepool could expect to live for an average of 74.5 years, and girls for an average of 78.3 years. Both of these are significantly worse than the England averages which are almost three years longer for both boys and girls. Life expectancy between different wards within Hartlepool is more striking still, with a gap of over 13 years between boys born in Stranton and boys born in Hart.

In Hartlepool, in 2009, there ARE:

  • 145 looked after children;
  • 100 children with a child protection plan;
  • 303 children with a statement of special educational needs;
  • Approximately 600-700 children in need receiving social care services.

There are six secondary schools (until August 2009 when Brierton Community School closes), thirty primary schools, one nursery school, one pupil referral unit and two special schools. The schools cater for 1,029 nursery children, 7,472 primary pupils and 6,100 (excluding sixth form) secondary pupils. Of these 2.3% had a statement of special educational needs in 2007, which is in line with national averages. Attendance in primary schools in 2007/08 is slightly higher than the national average at 94.9%. In secondary schools it is 92.8%, which is slightly higher than the national comparator of 92.7%. 26.2% of primary pupils and 20.36% of secondary pupils were eligible for free school meals; both figures are in line with national averages. There are 13 full day care settings and 66 childminders offering day care places to under fives.

The proportion of 16-19 year olds in education or training is good and the number of young people classified as Not in Education, Employment or Training is below that of statistical neighbours. The number of young people classified as Not in Education, Employment or Training has fallen from 9.8% in 2005 to 8.5% in 2007.

Teenage pregnancy rates in Hartlepool are high (64.5 per 1000 females aged 15-17 in 2006) in comparison with the national average (40.7 per 1000) and regional comparators. This is despite achieving the 2004 interim target of a 15.2% reduction on the 1998 baseline.

465 young people offended in 2007, which represents 4.4% of the 10-17 years population. The overall re-offending rate after 12 months has reduced year on year from the 2002 cohort at 39.6% to the current 2005 cohort at 28.8%, a percentage reduction of 27.3% over the period.

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