Data set from Vulnerable children and young people survey

Referrals to children’s social care services

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Percentage difference of the number of referrals reported in the ‘vulnerable children and young people’ survey compared with a 3-year average of the same weeks across 2017 to 2020. Includes breakdown by referral source. 

Data set details

Vulnerable children and young people survey
July 2022
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage difference compared to the same week in 2017-20
  • Referral source
  • Wave
Time period
2020 to 2022

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 1 (27 April - 03 May)Total referrals-16.5082959
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 2 (11-17 May)Total referrals-29.7037986
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 3 (18-24 June)Total referrals-16.2350344
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 4 (01-07 June)Total referrals-14.4472664
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 5 (15-21 June)Total referrals-16.795

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
percentage_difference_to_201720Percentage difference compared to the same week in 2017-20
referral_sourceReferral source


  1. *These comparisons should be treated with caution due to the timing of school holidays from year to year.
  2. The figures from 18 May onwards are not directly comparable to earlier waves.
  3. See Methodology for the number of local authorities that responded to the question per wave.
  4. Survey data for some local authorities was removed due to known data quality issues. Comparator data for these LAs was also removed.
  5. Comparator data was only included for LAs that responded to each wave.
  6. The survey was collected on a fortnightly basis between May 2020 and March 2021, a monthly basis between April and December 2021, fortnightly in January 2022 and then returned to monthly from February 2022. There was no collection during August 2021.
  7. Other sources include local authority services, legal agencies and children’s centres.
  8. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number

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