Collection

Children in need census: closed collections

Documents for software suppliers and anyone else interested in past collections of the annual children in need census.

If you are looking for documents for the current or future children in need census collections, visit our guide to submitting data for the children in need census.

The documents on this page relate to recently closed children in need census collections, including:

  • the scope of the collection
  • technical specifications
  • what data needed to be submitted to us by local authorities

You can find documents related to earlier children in need collections on the National Archives website. Note: the search function is not available on archived content so please use the filters on the left of each page.

2016 to 2017 census information and technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2016 to 2017: guide

    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2016 to 2017: specification

    • Guidance
  3. Children in need census 2016 to 2017: reports specification

    • Guidance

2015 to 2016 census information and technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2015 to 2016: guide

    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2015 to 2016: specification

    • Guidance
  3. Children in need census 2015 to 2016: COLLECT reports

    • Guidance

2014 to 2015 census information and technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2014 to 2015: guide

    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2014 to 2015: specification

    • Guidance

2013 to 2014 census information and technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: guide

    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: factors identified at the end of assessment

    • Guidance
  3. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: specification

    • Guidance