We’ve released new data and analysis on children in need. We’ve used a range of DfE data sources and linked several datasets for the first time. It will be of interest to those working in services for children in need and those engaging with the children in need review.
The analysis offers insights into children in need including:
- the characteristics of children in need
- overlaps with other disadvantages such as special educational needs
- the experiences of children in need through social care and school
- outcomes from the early years through education and into adulthood
Children in need are a legally defined group of children, assessed by social workers as needing help and protection as a result of risks to their development or health, or who are disabled.