Children referred to and assessed by children's social services for the year ending 31 March 2017.
This statistical first release (SFR) includes information on:
- children in need of social services
- children referred to social services
- assessments undertaken and primary need at first assessment
- section 47 enquiries (a local authority carries out one of these if they suspect a child is suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm) and initial child protection conferences
- children who were the subject of a child protection plan
It is based on child-level data collected via the children in need census.
These statistics were previously designated National Statistics. However an inconsistency was identified within the derivation of the ‘in need at any point during the year’ and the ‘ended an episode of need’ flags. The inconsistency relates to how particular cases that remain open across census periods are dealt with. The headline measures of the number of children in need at the end of the year are unaffected.
As a result, and in agreement with the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), these statistics have been de-designated as National Statistics while we review the methodology. Correspondence between the department and UKSA on the matter is available on the UKSA website:
- Request for temporary suspension of national statistics designation for characteristics of children in need statistics 2016 to 2017
- Temporary suspension of national statistics designation for characteristics of children in need statistics 2016 to 2017
Please refer to the data quality and uses document for further information and the scale of the impact.
Children’s services statistics team
Telephone: Nicholas Treece 0114 274 2728