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Statistics: children in need and child protection

Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children's social services.

From 26 November 2020 the Department for Education will be publishing Characteristics of children in need statistics on Explore Education Statistics (EES).

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Characteristics of children in need

Outcomes for children in need, including children looked after

Referrals, assessments and children who were the subject of a child protection plan

Monitoring and evaluation of family intervention projects

Published 31 October 2012
Last updated 25 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Outcomes for children in need, including children looked after by local authorities in England: 2019 to 2020'.

  2. Added a link to Explore education statistics and added the latest National Statistics Characteristics of children in need: 2019 to 2020.

  3. Removed details on how to submit feedback on proposed changes to children in need and looked after statistics - the submission deadline has now passed.

  4. Added details about the proposed changes to outcomes statistics and how users can give their feedback.

  5. Added 'Characteristics of children in need in England: 2018 to 2019'.

  6. Added Characteristics of children in need: 2017 to 2018.

  7. Added 'Characteristics of children in need: 2016 to 2017'.

  8. Added 'Characteristics of children in need: 2015 to 2016'.

  9. Added 'Characteristics of children in need: 2014 to 2015'.

  10. Added SFR for characteristics of children in need in England 2012 to 2013.

  11. First published.