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 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandSource of referral6404305302012865012600923507240900701845302652027560111506730
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastSource of referral34790281049801360492038054701126013901260840110
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestSource of referral827205970143601480111309001250026910375039501610160
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The HumberSource of referral6579054501071024508270780994020170345027701340480
2023Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsSource of referral5559068101087064078005907160153002490187010601030

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 12 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Education_ServicesEducation services
Health_ServicesHealth services


  1. If a child has more than one referral in a reporting year, then each referral is counted.
  2. 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.
  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, external local authority services and early help.
  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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