Children in need census 2017 to 2018: specification

Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2017 to 2018 children in need census.


Children in need census 2017 to 2018: validation rules

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This is technical information about submitting data for the children in need census for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

It is for:

  • suppliers of software for local authority management information systems (MIS)
  • users of local authority MIS software

It explains:

  • changes to the previous year’s census collection
  • what data local authorities should supply at child level
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • how to check the data against the validation rules