Data set from Children in need

B4 Children in Need by Duration of Episode

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Children in need at 31 March, by duration of open case.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children in need
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • 1 year but less than 2 years - number
  • 1 year but less than 2 years - percentage
  • 2 years and over - number
Time period
2013 to 2020

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandDuration of open episode3892609948025.64573011.75534014.25901015.212970033.3
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North EastDuration of open episode24630632025.6284011.5339013.8402016.3806032.7
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North WestDuration of open episode580801365023.5653011.2773013.3899015.52118036.5
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and the HumberDuration of open episode414101106026.7566013.7620015607014.71243030
2020Reporting yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East MidlandsDuration of open episode29920807027384012.8463015.5474015.9864028.9

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 11 variables
Variable nameVariable description
1_2_years1 year but less than 2 years - number
1_2_years_percent1 year but less than 2 years - percentage
2years+2 years and over - number
2years+_percent2 years and over - percentage
3_6_monthsMore than 3 months but less than or equal to 6 months - number


  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. The duration of an open episode is calculated as difference between the referral date and 31 March of the reporting year.
  3. Open episodes (or cases) are those open at 31 March of the reporting year.

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