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Number of children in need at lowest figure since 2013

There were 388,490 children in need in the year ending 31 March 2021. This figure is down 0.2 per cent from 2020 and is now at its lowest point since 2013. The statistics come from the annual Children in Need Census, which provides data on children in England referred to children's social care services, assessments carried out relating to those children and whether a child became the subject of a child protection plan.

There were 50,010 child protection plans, down 2.9 per cent from 2020, now at its lowest point since 2015. This represents 41 child protection plans per 10,000 children, down from 43 in 2020, now at its lowest point since 2013.

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