Data set from Children in need

C5 Referrals to children's social care services by source of referral and local authority

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Referrals to children's social care services 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 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandSource of referral6502705316012909013350961706640873001918402602027840116007250
2022Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastSource of referral34390261051901390513031052601100013301220810150
2022Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestSource of referral861306220157601350120409801201027660359046601620240
2022Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The HumberSource of referral6838060401081024508670640893022640361028001570230
2022Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsSource of referral5840068001168043081106207960159702440181011301460

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. If a child has more than one referral in a reporting year, then each referral is counted.
  3. 'Health services' includes referral from GPs, health visitors, school nurses, other primary health services, A&E and other health services.
  4. 'LA services' includes referrals from social care, other internal local authority services and external local authority services.
  5. 'Individual' includes referrals from family members, relatives, carers, acquaintances and self-referrals.
  6. Data for the years ending 31 March 2021 and 2022 is not available for Hackney local authority, therefore 2020 data for Hackney has been included in 2021 and 2022 national totals, and regional totals for inner London and London. Refer to the methodology section for more information.

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