Data set from Children in need

B1 Children in need and episodes of need by local authority

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Children in need episodes at any point during the year, episodes starting and ending in the year and children in need at 31 March.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children in need
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Children ending an episode of need in the year
  • Children in need at 31 March
  • Children in need at 31 March who are awaiting assessment or do not require an assessment
Time period
2013 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren in Need766050651.3712650605.9403630343.2376550320.1362960308.6341610290.4403090342.71583013.5
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastChildren in Need45410865.242160803.222720432.921130402.520880397.819710375.424530467.43807.3
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestChildren in Need110910710.1103890665.155350354.452020333.150500323.348060307.760410386.8191012.2
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The HumberChildren in Need81050706.975190655.842930374.540230350.940960357.238720337.740100349.79508.2
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsChildren in Need55020555.651310518.129580298.727700279.726130263.824820250.628900291.8160016.2

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 16 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Anypoint_childChildren with an episode of need at any point during the year
Anypoint_child_rateRate of children with an episode of need at any point during the year per 10000 children aged under 18 years
Anypoint_episodesEpisodes of need at any point during the year
Anypoint_episodes_rateRate of episodes of need at any point during the year per 10000 children aged under 18 years
At31_episodesChildren in need at 31 March


  1. Rates per 10,000 children are calculated based on ONS mid-year population estimates for children aged 0 to 17 years.
  2. A child can have more than one episode of need throughout the year, but episodes should not overlap.
  3. 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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