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Key Facts:

  • There were 580 Children in Need open to specialist services in B&NES at end of March 2016
  • The rate per 10,000 (0-17 population) in B&NES was 632. This is below the national rate but higher than our statistical neighbours


A child in need is one who has been referred to children's social care services, and who has been assessed, usually through an initial assessment, to be in need of social care services. 1

What does the data say? 2

There were 580 Children in Need (CIN) open to Children’s Specialist Services at the end of March 2016.


Figure 1: children in need per 10,000 (0-17 population) 2015-16

When comparing the rate per 10,000 (children aged 0-17) averages, B&NES reported 632.2 whereas our statistical neighbours report 546 and national average is 674.4. Whilst in B&NES we are higher than our statistical neighbours we are lower than the national average.

Compared to figures from 2012-13 however, this figure has increased significantly from 345 per 10,000 0-17 population.

It is important to note that a child can have more than one episode of need throughout the year but episodes should not overlap. Therefore, if a child has more than one episode, then each is counted in the figures.

Figure 2: Breakdown of Children in Need 2015-16 by age and gender

The breakdown of CIN cases by age shows a consistent involvement with children under the age of 10 yrs. It is also interesting to note the higher number of young boys open in the 11-15 age group. This is a cohort that is statistically more likely to come into care.