National Statistics for children referred to social care services in England and Wales

Year: 2018
Topic: Adoption, Child protection, Corporate parenting, Emotional abuse, Foster care, Local authority, Looked after at home, Neglect, Physical abuse, Sexual abuse
Author: Department for Education

The Department for Education has published its annual children in need census in England for 2017 to 2018. The numbers are based on data from 152 local authorities in England and Wales. The report provides total numbers and demographics - such as gender, age and reason for assessment - of children referred to local authority social care services, children assessed to be ‘in need’, and children with child protection plans. Cases reported on include referrals, referrals leading to no further action, assessments, initial child protection conferences, child protection plans and child protection plan reviews.