Data set from Children in need

B5 Duration of Ended Episodes

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Episodes of need ending in the year ending 31 March, by duration of episode of need.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children in need
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • 1 year but less than 2 years - number
  • 1 year but less than 2 years - percentage
  • 2 years and over - number
Time period
2013 to 2020

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandDuration of ended episode37107017744047.85850015.85761015.54524012.2322908.7
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastDuration of ended episode19860838042.2306015.4334016.8305015.3204010.3
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestDuration of ended episode544202508046.1951017.5845015.5665012.247208.7
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberDuration of ended episode457202186047.8837018.3711015.5496010.834207.5
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsDuration of ended episode273701105040.4549020.1507018.5338012.423708.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 11 variables
Variable nameVariable description
1_2_years1 year but less than 2 years - number
1_2_years_percent1 year but less than 2 years - percentage
2years+2 years and over - number
2years+_percent2 years and over - percentage
3_6_monthsMore than 3 months but less than or equal to 6 months - number


  1. A child in need is defined under the Children Act 1989 as a child who is unlikely to reach or maintain a satisfactory level of health or development, or their health or development will be significantly impaired without the provision of children's social care services, or the child is disabled.
  2. The duration of episode of need ending in the year is calculated as the difference between the referral date and closure date of the episode.

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