Characteristics of children in need

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statistics for children referred to and assessed by children’s social services in England for the year ending 31 March 2018. Figures show there were 404,710 children in need at 31 March 2018, an increase of 4% on the previous year; the number of child protection plans at 31st March 2018 has increased to 53,790, an increase of 5.3% on the figure for 2017.

Source: DfE Date: 25 October 2018

Further information: Characteristics of children in need: 2017 to 2018 (PDF)