Research and analysis

Children’s services omnibus

A summary of responses from senior leaders in local authorities to questions asked in waves 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the children’s services omnibus survey.


Children’s services omnibus: wave 1

Children’s services omnibus: wave 2

Children’s services omnibus: wave 3

Children’s services omnibus: wave 4


Topics covered in wave 1 of the children’s services omnibus survey include:

  • understanding demand for children’s social care services
  • support for adopters and special guardians
  • monitoring of the early years and childcare workforce
  • assessment of the sufficiency of childcare places
  • systems for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Topics covered in wave 2 include:

  • reducing demand for children’s social care services
  • assessment of mental health needs
  • care orders, supervision orders and special guardianship orders
  • early years entitlement and early years workforce training
  • business sustainability support to childcare providers
  • challenges when providing special educational needs services

Topics covered in wave 3 include:

  • social worker workforce
  • multi-agency arrangements
  • sufficiency of care/adoption placements
  • early years home learning environment and parenting programmes
  • recruitment of early years staff
  • development of education, health and care plans
  • short breaks for disabled children and their families

Topics covered in wave 4 include:

  • using independent schools for looked after children
  • child protection and children in need
  • personal advisers for those leaving care
  • multi-agency arrangements
  • early education entitlements
  • monitoring special educational needs services
Published 3 August 2017
Last updated 10 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added the Wave 4 report.
  2. Added wave 3 research report.
  3. Added the wave 2 document.
  4. First published.