Data set from Serious incident notifications

National including breakdowns

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Number of serious incident notifications for each reporting year, by:

  • nature of notification; 
  • whether child was looked after (2024 only);
  • gender;
  • age;
  • ethnicity;
  • disability;
  • placement type; 
  • whether child had a protection plan; 
  • whether child was known to any agency;
  • reporting year quarter.

Data set details

Children's social care
Serious incident notifications
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of serious incident notifications
  • Nature of serious incident notification
  • Breakdown
  • Reporting year quarter
Time period
2019 to 2024

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2024Reporting yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotal405
2024Reporting yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalChild death205
2024Reporting yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalSerious harm180
2024Reporting yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalOther20
2024Reporting yearTotalNationalE92000001EnglandCLAYesTotal99

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
nature_of_notificationNature of serious incident notification
number_notificationsNumber of serious incident notifications
quarterReporting year quarter


  1. The majority of notifications in the other category relate to incidents with child perpetrators who were themselves known or suspected to have been abused or neglected.
  2. For 2019, there may be an undercount in the number of notifications recorded with a disability status of not known (with a corresponding overcount in the number of notifications recorded as involving children with no disability).
  3. For 2019, there may be an overcount in the number of notifications recorded as relating to children on a protection plan.
  4. 2024 statistics on notifications relating to children looked after by local authorities (CLA), at national level only and with breakdowns by nature of notification only, are included in this statistics release for the first time following the addition of CLA status to the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System. A child is looked-after by a local authority if they are: provided with accommodation, for a continuous period of more than 24 hours; subject to a care order; or subject to a placement order.
  5. Children known to GP services have been excluded (where this information was recorded) from 2023 onwards but were included prior to 2023.
  6. In the 2023 release, the figures for 2020 and 2021 were revised slightly from previous publications to reflect improved recording of data.

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