Data set from Children in need

B1 Children in Need and Episodes of Need

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Children in need episodes at any point during the year, episodes starting in year, episodes ending in 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 2020

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren in Need760330632.4706830587.9408310339.6381020316.9371070308.6349500290.7389260323.71771014.7
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastChildren in Need44490836.241210774.522550423.920930393.419860373.318810353.424630462.93907.4
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestChildren in Need112500719.5105120672.458020371.154230346.954420348.151570329.858080371.5220014
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberChildren in Need87130744.779770681.850090428.246240395.245720390.842540363.641410354121010.3
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsChildren in Need57280571.353650535.131400313.229670295.92737027326130260.629920298.4159015.8

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. 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. Figures for children in need at 31 March include children awaiting assessment and those that do not require an assessment. These children are included to give a full account of the children in need population and are not intended to be used as a measure of local authority performance.
  3. A child can have more than one episode of need throughout the year, but episodes should not overlap.
  4. Rates per 10,000 of the population of children aged under 18 years are calculated using Office for National Statistics (ONS) mid-year population estimates for children aged 0 to 17 years in England.

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