Reporting Year 2020

Children's social work workforce

Data guidance



This document describes the data included in the children’s social work workforce official statistics underlying data files. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least three stars for Open Data.

The methodology should be referenced alongside this data. It provides information on the data sources, coverage and quality, as well as explaining the methods used to produce the data. 


The information in this statistical release is based on data collected in the annual statutory census collection on the children’s social work workforce. The census collects information from all local authorities in England on the children and family social workers and agency workers they employ within their children’s services department. Underlying data is provided for the reporting years 2017 to 2020.

Kingston upon Thames and Richmond upon Thames submit a joint return through Achieving for Children and their data is reported together against Kingston upon Thames.

File formats and conventions


  • Where necessary we have replaced figures with the letter ‘c’ to preserve confidentiality. Secondary suppression may also be applied to preserve confidentiality. 
  • Where any number is shown as zero (0), the original figure submitted was zero.
  • :  indicates that data is not available. This may be because a local authority was unable to return a particular data item in the census, or data was not available because of concerns regarding quality.
  • z indicates data is not applicable.

The symbols used are in accordance with the latest Government Statistical Service (GSS) guidance.


  • Figures for full-time equivalents (FTEs), rates and percentages have been rounded to one decimal place.
  • Headcounts are reported to the nearest whole number.

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.