Data set from Children's social work workforce

4. Cross-characteristics (in post) - national only

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FTE and headcount figures on the cross-characteristics of social workers in post by:

  • age
  • ethnicity
  • gender

Data set details

Children's social care
Children's social work workforce
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Social workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
  • Social workers in post - headcount (as at 30 September)
  • Gender
  • Age group
  • Ethnicity major
Time period
2017 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalTotal33119.135199
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalKnown26815.128522
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalNot known63046677
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalWhite20020.721498
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalTotalMixed / Multiple ethnic groups933.2985

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
age_groupAge group
ethnicity_majorEthnicity major
inpost_fteSocial workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
inpost_headcountSocial workers in post - headcount (as at 30 September)


  1. Full-time Equivalent (FTE) figures are calculated by aggregating the total number of hours that social workers are contracted to work and dividing by the standard hours for their grade. FTE figures exclude social workers for whom FTE information was missing or not known.
  2. Headcount is a count of all individual children and family social workers, regardless of their working pattern. Where a social worker holds more than one post within a local authority, only one post is counted (the more senior role where applicable). 
  3. Age of the child and family social worker at 30 September of the reporting year.
  4. White comprises white British, white Irish, or any other white background.
  5. Black or Black British comprises black Caribbean, black African or any other black background.
  6. Asian or Asian British comprises Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese or any other Asian background. 
  7. Mixed comprises white and black Caribbean, white and black African, white and Asian, or any other mixed background.

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