Data set from Serious incident notifications

Serious incident notifications - full year

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Number and percentage of serious incident notifications for the full financial year. The data is broken down by the following:

  • age group;
  • gender;
  • ethnicity;
  • disability;
  • notification nature;
  • placement type; and
  • whether the child is known to other agencies or has a Child Protection Plan (CPP).

Data set details

Children's social care
Serious incident notifications
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of serious incident notifications
  • Percentage of serious incident notifications
  • Serious incident notifications by characteristic
Time period
2018-19 to 2020-21

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202021Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotal536100
202021Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandGenderMale31358.4
202021Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandGenderFemale21640.3
202021Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandGenderTransgender30.6
202021Financial yearNationalE92000001EnglandGenderNot known40.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
categorySerious incident notifications by characteristic
numberNumber of serious incident notifications
percentagePercentage of serious incident notifications


  1. "Residential children's home" includes a small number of incidents that occurred in residential schools.
  2. Figures on children known to any agency need to be treated with caution. Whether a child was known to any agency is interpreted differently across local authorities. Some local authorities only include children known to Children's Social Care but in other cases can include agencies such as the police, GP services, health visitors, early help, midwifery, etc. Figures can include children involved with agencies previously, and not just at the time of incident. Information is recorded at the time of reporting. Local authorities may not yet know whether the child was known to any agency.
  3. Incidents involving child perpetrators are included in "other".

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