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
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).