Collection

Children in need census

Documents on the collection of the annual children in need census from local authorities.

Information for preparing and completing the annual children in need census, including the scope of the return, technical specifications and what data needs 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.

2013 to 2014 census information

Guides and help to complete the current children in need census.

  1. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: guide

    • 1 April 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2014: COLLECT guide

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

    • 15 October 2012
    • Guidance
  4. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: XML generators

    • 2 April 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Changes to children’s social care data returns: 2013 to 2014

    • 12 November 2012
    • Correspondence

2013 to 2014 technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: specification

    • 9 December 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: XML schema files

    • 12 December 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: COLLECT reports guide

    • 4 December 2013
    • Guidance

2014 to 2015 census information

Preparatory guides for the 2014 to 2015 children in need census, which will be collected in 2015.

  1. Children in need census 2014 to 2015: guide

    • 24 October 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2014 to 2015: additional guide on the factors identified at the end of assessment

    • 24 October 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Changes to children’s social care data returns: 2014 to 2015

    • 24 October 2013
    • Correspondence

2014 to 2015 technical information

  1. Children in need census 2014 to 2015: specification

    • 5 February 2014
    • Guidance

2012 to 2013 census information and technical guides

  1. Children in need census 2012 to 2013: guide

    • 15 March 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Children in need census 2012 to 2013: specification

    • 17 December 2012
    • Guidance
  3. Children in need census 2012 to 2013: validation rules

    • 12 March 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Children in need census 2012 to 2013: COLLECT reports guide

    • 15 March 2013
    • Guidance

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