Children in need

Created 2 years ago, updated 7 days ago

Information on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children's social services for the year ending March.

Source: Children in Need census

Figures have been calculated by DfE based upon all information provided in the CIN return.

A child in need is one who has been referred to children's social care services, and who has been assessed, usually through an initial assessment, to be in need of social care services. A child can have more than one episode of need throughout the year but episodes should not overlap. If a child has more than one episode, then each is counted in the figures.

Frequency: Financial Year

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From
01/04/2012
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31/03/2017
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From
01/04/2012
To
31/03/2017

A child may have none, or more than one disability and so the total number of disabilities will differ from the number of children.

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From
01/04/2012
To
31/03/2017

Primary need indicates the main reason why a child started to receive services.

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From
01/04/2012
To
31/03/2017
Duration calculated using the difference between 31 March and the referral date.
Open cases describes the status of all children whose cases are still open at 31 March (i.e. child is still in need at 31 March).
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From
01/04/2012
To
31/03/2017
Duration of episode of need calculated using the difference between the referral date and the CIN closure date.
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From
01/04/2012
To
31/03/2017
Missing/unknown includes data from case closed after assessment and unreliability in coding.