Data set from Serious incident notifications

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Number of serious incident notifications for the financial year, by local authority and region.

PLEASE NOTE: Neither high nor low numbers of serious incident notifications alone should be interpreted as a performance measure of the local authority or its workforce. When interpreting data on serious incident notifications, local authority contextual information is an important consideration. Local authorities with larger populations tend to be more likely to report more serious incident notifications than those with smaller populations. Those with higher levels of deprivation also tend to be more likely to report higher rates of serious incident notifications than those with lower levels of deprivation. In addition, whilst reporting has improved in recent years, the Department cannot be certain that all incidents that meet the definition for a serious incident notification are notified. Data relating to population size, the number of Children in Need and deprivation have been included to provide further contextual information to the data on serious incident notifications. 


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Serious incident notifications
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
Indicators
  • IDACI Average score in 2019
  • Number of Children in Need at 31 March
  • Number of Serious Incident Notifications
Time period
2018-19 to 2021-22

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_nameregion_coderegion_nameold_la_codenew_la_codela_namenumbercin_31marchidaci_avgscore_2019ons_midyear_population
202122Financial yearNationalE92000001England442388490:12093290
202122Financial yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000001North East3024610:533640
202122Financial yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000002North West9057670:1571580
202122Financial yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000003Yorkshire and The Humber4041200:1174360
202122Financial yearRegionalE92000001EnglandE12000004East Midlands3029250:1007900

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
cin_31marchNumber of Children in Need at 31 March
idaci_avgscore_2019IDACI Average score in 2019
numberNumber of Serious Incident Notifications
ons_midyear_populationONS mid-year population estimates

Footnotes

  1. The source of the data for the Children in Need at 31 March figures is the Characteristics of Children in Need National Statistics release. These figures have been added to provide further contextual information to the data on serious incident notifications. 2021 data for Hackney is not available for the year ending 31 March 2021 but 2020 data has been included in the 2021 national total and regional totals for Inner London and London. As per the 2020-21 figures on serious incident notifications, figures for 2021-22 have continued to show the 2021 Children In Need data alongside as 2022 figures were not available at the time of publication. National and regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
  2. The source of the data on serious incident notifications is the Child Safeguarding Notification System. The data shows the number of incidents reported in the financial year, rather than the number of incidents that occurred in the financial year. The local authority should notify the Child Safeguarding Practice review panel within 5 working days of becoming aware that the incident has occurred; however, in rare cases, there can be a significant delay in local authorities notifying the panel of an incident. When interpreting data on serious incident notifications, local authority contextual information is an important consideration. Local authorities with larger populations tend to be more likely to report more serious incident notifications than those with smaller populations. Those with higher levels of deprivation also tend to be more likely to report higher rates of serious incident notifications than those with lower levels of deprivation. In addition, whilst reporting has improved in recent years, the Department cannot be certain that all incidents that meet the definition for a serious incident notification are notified. For these reasons, neither high nor low numbers of serious incident notifications alone should be interpreted as a performance measure of the local authority or its workforce. 'c' has been used where applicable to protect confidentiality. Regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
  3. The unitary local authority Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole was formed on 1 April 2019 by the merger of the previous unitary authorities Bournemouth and Poole, and the non-metropolitan district of Christchurch. As a result, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole data is available for 2019/20 and 2020/21, but not for 2018/19. Conversely, data for Bournemouth and data for Poole is available for 2018/19 but not for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The non-metropolitan districts of Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck and East Dorset combined with Dorset County Council to form Dorset Council on 1 April 2019; as a result, there is one data entry for Dorset for 2018/19 and another separate entry for Dorset for 2019/20 and 2020/21. On 1 April 2021, the unitary local authorities North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire were formed, replacing Northamptonshire. However, data was provided under the former Northamptonshire basis in 2021-22.
  4. The source of the data for the IDACI Average score figures is the English indices of deprivation 2019. These figures have been added to provide further contextual information to the data on serious incident notifications. The Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index (IDACI) measures the proportion of all children aged 0 to 15 living in income deprived families. The average score for a given LA is calculated by taking the (population weighted) average of the combined scores for the LSOAs (Lower Super Output Areas) under that particular LA. The values range from 0.032 to 0.327, with a higher score indicating that the LA is more deprived according to this measure.
  5. Mid-year ONS population estimates are based on children aged 0 to 17 years in England. These figures have been added to provide further contextual information to the data on serious incident notifications. As per the 2020-21 figures on serious incident notifications, figures for 2021-22 have continued to show the 2020 mid-year ONS population estimates alongside as 2021 figures were not available at the time of publication. National and regional figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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