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Children in need census 2020 to 2021: specification

Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2020 to 2021 children in need census.

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Children in need census 2020 to 2021: validation rules

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Children in need census 2020 to 2021: validation rules

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Details

This is technical information about submitting data for the children in need census for the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

It is for:

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

It explains:

  • 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
Published 15 October 2019
Last updated 3 December 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated 'Children in need census 2020 to 2021: business and technical specification'. Changes are described in the document's version history.
  2. First published.