Data set from Vulnerable children and young people survey

Children’s social care workforce

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The proportion of local authorities that reported over 10% of social workers and residential care staff unavailable to work due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Data set details

Vulnerable children and young people survey
July 2022
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of local authorities with over 10% of workforce absent due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
  • Staff group
  • Wave
Time period
2020 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 1 (04-06 May)Social workers12.5
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 2 (18-20 May)Social workers13.19444444
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 3 (01-03 June)Social workers10.95890411
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 4 (15-17 June)Social workers11.56462585
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 5 (29 June - 01 July)Social workers8.219178082

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
percent_of_local_authorities_with_more_than_10percent_absence_due_to_coronavirusPercentage of local authorities with over 10% of workforce absent due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
staff_groupStaff group


  1. The figures from 1 June 2020 onwards are not directly comparable to earlier waves for residential care staff.
  2. See Methodology for the number of local authorities that responded to the question per wave.
  3. The survey was collected on a fortnightly basis between May 2020 and March 2021, a monthly basis between April and December 2021, fortnightly in January 2022 and then returned to monthly from February 2022. There was no collection during August 2021.
  4. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number

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