THE number of Hounslow children under child protection has risen by 25 per cent in just three years.
Figures released to the Chronicle under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed there were 189 cases in 2009/10 - a rise of 48 since 2007/08.
The figure was 183 in 2008/09.
Statistics relate to youngsters on the Child Protection Register or with a Child Protection Plan from social services.
Hounslow Council, which has a legal duty to ensure young people are safe and well, says on its website that "every allegation that a child might be at risk is investigated" - a process which involves working with other professionals, including teachers and police.
A council spokesman said: "The importance of protecting vulnerable children must never be underestimated.
"We investigate all concerns raised about children.
"The number of children with a protection plan does vary, and increases can reflect a surge in concerns or a greater number of families with several children."
He added: "If we identify a risk of harm to a child, be it physical, emotional, sexual or neglect, then a range of agencies create a plan that aims to keep the child safe.
"The support offered varies according to the situation but may include parenting support, practical assistance and, if appropriate, a requirement for the parents not to have contact with violent or abusive partners.
"This is monitored and updated and in most cases will end when the situation has improved.
"If the risk to the child continues, further action, which is likely to be through a court process, will take place."