Data set from Serious incident notifications

Serious incident notifications

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National level transparency data providing the number of percentage of serious incident notifications each half year since the 2018-19 financial year. The data is broken down by the following:

  • age group;
  • gender;
  • ethnicity;
  • disability;
  • notification nature;
  • placement type; and
  • whether the child is known to other agencies or has a Child Protection Plan (CPP).

Data set details

Children's social care
Serious incident notifications
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of serious incident notifications
  • Percentage of serious incident notifications
  • Serious incident notifications by characteristic
Time period
2018-19 Part 1 (Apr to Sep) to 2020-21 Part 1 (Apr to Sep)

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020-21Part 1 (April to September)NationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotal285100
2020-21Part 1 (April to September)NationalE92000001EnglandGenderMale15353.7
2020-21Part 1 (April to September)NationalE92000001EnglandGenderFemale13045.6
2020-21Part 1 (April to September)NationalE92000001EnglandGenderTransgender00
2020-21Part 1 (April to September)NationalE92000001EnglandGenderNot known20.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
categorySerious incident notifications by characteristic
numberNumber of serious incident notifications
percentagePercentage of serious incident notifications


  1. "Other" includes a small number of incidents that occurred in lodgings and youth offender institutions.
  2. "Hospital" includes a small number of incidents that occurred in mother and baby units.
  3. Care should be taken when interpreting these figures. Not all local authorities' management information systems allow for this information to be recorded. Also, local authorities must notify the Department of an incident within 5 working days, by which time whether the child has a child protection plan, or whether the child is known to other agencies, may not yet be known. The proportion is, therefore, likely to be an undercount.
  4. "Residential children's home" includes a small number of incidents that occurred in residential schools.
  5. Incidents relating to child sexual exploitation are included within "serious harm" and incidents involving child perpetrators are included in "other".
  6. Whether a child was “known to other agencies” is interpreted differently across local authorities and so these figures should be treated with caution. Some local authorities only include children known to Children's Social Care but in other cases can include agencies such as the police or babies under midwife care.

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