Statistics: children's social work workforce

Statistics on children’s social workers employed by local authorities.

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Statutory collection

A statutory collection for data on the children’s social work workforce. Local authorities in England provide data on the social workers they employ within their children’s services department. It provides census coverage of the local authority employed workforce, and a snapshot of agency workers employed by local authorities at the 30 September.

Survey return

Data returned in the years 2011 and 2012 based on a survey completed on a voluntary basis. It provides data on a sample of the children’s social work workforce at the time the survey was completed. Not all local authorities submitted data.

Published 27 March 2013
Last updated 25 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Children's social work workforce 2020' to the collection.

  2. Added 'Children's social work workforce 2019'.

  3. Added document 'Children's social work workforce 2018' under 'Statutory collection'.

  4. Clarified that data returned in the years 2011 and 2012 was based on a survey completed on a voluntary basis, and therefore is not comparable with figures produced by the statutory collection that began in 2013.

  5. Added 'Children's social work workforce 2017'.

  6. Added 'Children's social work workforce 2016' to the collection.

  7. Added 'Children's social work workforce 2015'.

  8. Added children’s social work workforce return form and guidance.

  9. Added 'Local authority children's social work workforce, England' to collection.

  10. First published.