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Information on the characteristics and attributes of children receiving care and support as at 31 March 2023.

Discontinuation notice

The collection and subsequent publication of Children receiving care and support census data in its current format will cease after this release. Following review with local authorities and other stakeholders, data collection requirements have been refreshed and new requirements have been issued for the 2023-24 reporting year. 

From April 2023, the census will be a full-year collection and the requirement for a snapshot of those children with a care and support plan for three months or more on 31 March will be removed. This will offer additional intelligence and capture individual level data for all children who receive care and support during the year. It is anticipated that data for 2023-24 will be returned by local authorities in autumn 2024 and be reported in spring 2025. Data collection documents for 2023-24 are available on the Data collection: Local authority social services page.

If you are a user of these statistics and have any queries please email the contact below.


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Bethan Sherwood

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Telephone: 0300 025 8099

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