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Children in need in England number 375,000

Over 600,000 referrals to children’s social care services in year to March 2010

Final figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics show that at 31 March 2010 there were 375,000 children in England.

The publication contains final figures on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children's social services. It includes information on the characteristics of children in need and information on children who were the subject of a child protection plan for year ending March 2010.

This updates provisional information published in OSR24/2010 on 30 September 2010, as well as providing breakdowns of figures by new characteristics data for age, gender, ethnicity, disability, primary need, category of abuse, and reason for closure.

The key points from this release are:

Children in Need

Referrals and assessments 

Children who were the subject of a child protection plan