Data set from Children in need

C5 Children in Need Referrals by Source

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Referrals to children's social care services in the year ending 31 March by source of referral.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children in need
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Anonymous
  • Education services
  • Health services
Time period
2014 to 2020

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandSource of referral6429805229011701013630963008300908101847602518031630137709300
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastSource of referral33960265044001370557037053301039013801390960140
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestSource of referral86500657014600128013080142012970244803700452020801790
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberSource of referral72570679011040226095807201010022670378032702090270
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsSource of referral601606360115608209260750903015560255021801280820

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 12 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Education_ServicesEducation services
Health_ServicesHealth services


  1. The source of referral is recorded for each new referral. Where there is more than one referral for the same child on the same day, the first referral should be recorded.
  2. 'Health services' includes referral from GPs, health visitors, school nurses, other primary health services, A&E and other health services.
  3. 'LA services' includes referrals from social care, other internal local authority services and external local authority services.
  4. A referral is defined as a request for services to be provided by children’s social care and is in respect of a child who is not currently in need.
  5. If a child has more than one referral in a reporting year, then each referral is counted.
  6. 'Individual' includes referrals from family members, relatives, carers, acquaintances and self-referrals.

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