National Statistics

Characteristics of children in need: 2018 to 2019

Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children's social services for the year ending 31 March 2019.

Applies to England

Documents

Characteristics of children in need text: 2019

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Characteristics of children in need tables: 2019

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Characteristics of children in need underlying data: 2019

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Children in need outcomes national tables: 2019

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Children in need outcomes local authority tables: 2019

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Details

Information on:

  • children in need of social services
  • children referred to social services
  • assessments undertaken, primary need at assessment and factors identified at the end of 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

These statistics are based on child-level data collected via the children in need census.

The outcomes tables show figures that result from matching the children in need census to the national pupil database (NPD). These tables show children in need by:

  • free school meals (FSM)
  • special educational needs (SEN)
  • attainment
  • absence
  • exclusions
  • destinations

The outcomes methodology document explains the matching process and calculations used in these tables.

Published 31 October 2019
Last updated 26 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include tables on outcomes of children in need.

  2. First published.