Data set from Vulnerable children and young people survey

Contact with children supported by local authority children’s social care

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The proportion of children on a Child Protection Plan, Children Looked After and all other Children in Need who had been in contact with a social worker in the previous 4 weeks.

Data set details

Vulnerable children and young people survey
July 2022
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Percentage of children in contact with a social worker in the previous 4 weeks
  • Social care group
  • Wave
Time period
2020 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 3 (4-31 May)Children looked after74
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 4 (18 May - 14 June)Children looked after72
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 5 (01-28 June)Children looked after73
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 6 (15 June - 12 July)Children looked after73
2020Calendar yearNationalE92000001EnglandWave 7 (29 June - 26 July)Children looked after73

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
csc_groupSocial care group
percent_of_children_in_contact_with_a_social_worker_in_the_last_4_weeksPercentage of children in contact with a social worker in the previous 4 weeks


  1. Guidance to local authorities on the correct methodology to calculate 'other CIN' was improved in early June 2020. Local authorities were prompted again in July 2020. This may explain decreases in percentages for this group over time.
  2. See Methodology for the number of local authorities that responded to the question per wave.
  3. 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.
  4. Date of wave refers to the 'last 4-week' period.
  5. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number

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