Data set from Serious incident notifications

National, including characteristics

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Number of serious incident notifications for each financial year, broken down by the following:

  • nature of notification; 
  • gender;
  • age;
  • ethnicity;
  • disability;
  • placement type; 
  • whether child has a child protection plan; 
  • whether child known to any agency;
  • financial year quarter.

Data set details

Children's social care
Serious incident notifications
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of serious incident notifications
  • Nature of serious incident notification
  • Characteristic type
  • Financial year quarter
Time period
2018-19 to 2022-23

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202223Financial yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotal456
202223Financial yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalChild death201
202223Financial yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalSerious harm244
202223Financial yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalOther11
202223Financial yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandGenderMaleTotal251

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristic_typeCharacteristic type
nature_of_notificationNature of serious incident notification
number_notificationsNumber of serious incident notifications
quarterFinancial year quarter


  1. The majority of notifications in the other category relate to incidents with child perpetrators who were themselves known or suspected to have been abused or neglected.
  2. For 2018-19, 'Residential children's home' includes one notification that occurred in a residential school.
  3. For 2018/19, there may be an undercount in the number of notifications recorded with a disability status of not known (with a corresponding overcount in the number of notifications recorded as involving children with no disability).
  4. The figures for 2019-20 and 2020-21 have been revised slightly from previous publications to reflect improved recording of data.

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