The Department for Education (DfE) has published data from the vulnerable children and young people survey of local authorities in England looking at the impact of the coronavirus on children’s social care. Wave 22, from 22-24 March 2021, shows that: the total number of referrals during Wave 22 was 11% lower than the usual number at that time of year and the total number of children who started to be looked after reported in Waves 1 to 22 of the survey was around 29% lower than the same period in 2017-20.
Read the report: Vulnerable children and young people survey
Source: Department for Education
Date: 28 April 2021