Reporting Year 2019

Children's social work workforce


Information about children's social workers employed in local authorities and agency social workers. The latest collection covers the year from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

The information is based on data collected in an annual census from local authorities in England. Children and family social workers are social workers registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) working in a local authority children’s services department, or, if working in an authority where the services are joined up, working exclusively with children and families.

This year the children and family social worker statistics are published as official statistics, whereas in previous years they have been classified as experimental statistics. More information on official statistics is available from the UK Statistics Authority.

Please note, this is a duplication of the publication released in February 2020 and does not contain new data. The data for the 2019-20 collection will be published on Explore Education Statistics only. 

Headline facts and figures - 2019

  • There were 30,700 full-time equivalent (FTE) children and family social workers in post at 30 September 2019, an increase of 4.2% from the same point in 2018. 
  • The average caseload per children and family social worker was 16.9, down from 17.4 last year.
  • The number of FTE children and family social worker vacancies increased to 6,000 in 2019, up by 3.9% compared to last year.
  • There were 5,800 FTE agency children and family social workers, an increase of 7.4% compared to the same point in 2018.

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