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.

2017 to 2018 census information and technical guides

2016 to 2017 census information and technical guides

2015 to 2016 census information and technical guides

2014 to 2015 census information and technical guides

2013 to 2014 census information and technical guides

Published 25 November 2013
Last updated 2 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added link to 'CIN census: factors identified at the end of assessment' to the 2014 to 2015 collection.
  2. Added '2017 to 2018 census information and technical guides' to collection.
  3. Added links to the 2016 to 2017 guide, technical specification and validation rules and COLLECT report specifications.
  4. Added census information and technical guides from the now-closed 2015 to 2016 census.
  5. Added census information and technical guides from the 2014 to 2015 census.
  6. This page now only contains documents relating to closed children in need census collections.
  7. Added: XML generator compatible with Excel 2007
  8. Children in need census 2013 to 2014: COLLECT reports guide added
  9. Added 2013 to 2014 XML schema files
  10. First published.