Data set from Children's social work workforce

3. Role by characteristics (in post)

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FTE and headcount figures on the role 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
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Social workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
  • Percentage of social workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
  • Social workers in post - headcount (as at 30 September)
  • Organisation role
  • Breakdown
Time period
2019 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalAge groupTotal33119.110035199100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalAge group20 to 29 years old5214.315.7530915.1
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalAge group30 to 39 years old10108.330.51082630.8
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalAge group40 to 49 years old8464.825.6902325.6
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandTotalAge group50 to 59 years old6910.320.9727320.7

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
inpost_FTESocial workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
inpost_FTE_percentagePercentage of social workers in post - FTE (as at 30 September)
inpost_headcountSocial workers in post - headcount (as at 30 September)
inpost_headcount_percentagePercentage of social 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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