Data set from Children in need

C5 Referrals to children's social care services by source of referral, England 2014 to 2021

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Referrals to children's social care services by source of referral.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children in need
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Anonymous
  • Education services
  • Health services
Time period
2014 to 2021

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandSource of referral59776050940811808490956706550872601952702391029180134305890
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastSource of referral3016024203020760511028048301017012401330920100
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestSource of referral81410622096709201289011701254027580375044301960290
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The HumberSource of referral640406030666013208660620941022960316028002040380
2021Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsSource of referral55740648081005508580630800017090224019601380730

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 12 variables
Variable nameVariable description
Education_ServicesEducation services
Health_ServicesHealth services


  1. If a child has more than one referral in a reporting year, then each referral is counted.
  2. 'LA services' includes referrals from social care, other internal local authority services and external local authority services.
  3. 'Individual' includes referrals from family members, relatives, carers, acquaintances and self-referrals.
  4. Data for the year ending 31 March 2021 is not available for Hackney local authority, therefore 2020 data for Hackney has been included in the 2021 national totals and regional totals for inner London and London. Refer to the methodology section for more information.
  5. The source of referral is recorded for each new referral. Where there is more than one referral for the same child on the same day, the first referral should be recorded.
  6. 'Health services' includes referral from GPs, health visitors, school nurses, other primary health services, A&E and other health services.

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