Data set from Children's social work workforce

FTE and headcount characteristics

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Age, gender, role, time in service and ethnicity (headcount only) of children and family social workers in post at 30 September. Characteristics are provided on a full-time equivalent (FTE) and headcount basis.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children's social work workforce
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • % of children and family social workers at 30 Sept
  • Number of children and family social workers at 30 Sept
  • Characteristic type
  • Count type
Time period
2017 to 2020

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFTETotalTotal31854.3z
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastFTETotalTotal2028.2z
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestFTETotalTotal4514.6z
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberFTETotalTotal3702.8z
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsFTETotalTotal2390.1z

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_typeCharacteristic type - Filter by characteristic type
countCount type - Filter by count
numberNumber of children and family social workers at 30 Sept
percent% of children and family social workers at 30 Sept


  1. Full-time Equivalent (FTE) figures are calculated by aggregating the total number of hours that social workers are contracted to work and dividing by the standard hours for their grade. FTE figures exclude social workers for whom FTE information was missing or not known.
  2. Headcount is a count of all individual children and family social workers, regardless of their working pattern: where a social worker holds more than one post within a local authority, only one post is counted (refer to the methodology section for more information).

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