Research and analysis

Children in need of help and protection: data and analysis

Analysis of the characteristics, experiences and outcomes of children in need.

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Children in need of help and protection: final data and analysis

Children in need of help and protection: data and analysis

Children in need of help and protection: methodology

Children in need of help and protection: data tables

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Details

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

The preliminary longitudinal analysis shows the social care journeys of children in need between 2014 to 2015, and between 2016 to 2017. It explores the impact of social care journeys on educational outcomes.

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.

Published 16 March 2018
Last updated 18 June 2019 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Children in need: preliminary longitudinal analysis'. Added text about the analysis to the details section.

  2. Added the final data and analysis for the children in need review.

  3. First published.