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Data Provider: Welsh Government Children receiving care and support by category of need and disability
[Collapse]Child StatusChildren in the census have been divided into three status categories for reporting, as follows: - Children who are looked after, who may also be on the child protection register - Children who are on the child protection register, but not looked after - Other children receiving care and support, who are neither looked after, nor on the child protection register.[Filtered]
Child Status 1[Filter]
Area Code[Filter]
[Collapse]Local Authority[Filtered]
Local Authority 1[Filter]
[Collapse]DisabilityFigures for children with a disability do not include cases where the child has an autistic spectrum disorder and no other disability. [Filtered]
Disability 1
[Collapse]Need categoryThe category of need code indicates the main reason why the child started to receive services. [Filter]
Need category 1
[Collapse]All children receiving care and supportClick here to sortAll children receiving care and support
Click here to sortChildren with a disabilityClick here to sortChildren with no disability
[Collapse]All children receiving care and support7,34027,36034,705
All children receiving care and supportAbuse or neglect1,40016,16517,565
Child’s disability or illness4,6507955,445
Parental disability or illness100420525
Family in acute stress5154,0804,595
Family dysfunction5704,7905,360
Socially unacceptable behaviour65665740
Absent parenting25390420
Adoption disruption*The data item is disclosive or not sufficiently robust for publication4555


General description

The Census collected individual records on all children receiving care and support, including those looked after by a local authority, who had an open case with a local authority on the 31 March that had been open for the three months from 1 January to 31 March. The purpose of the Census is to collect data that measures the characteristics and attributes of children receiving care and support who receive social services from their local authorities, including children looked after by local authorities. The census focuses on the reason why children receive help from social services departments, parental capacity, and on the health and education outcomes for each child.

Data collection and calculation

Anonymised individual child level data is extracted from local authority administrative systems and returned electronically to the Data Collection team within the Welsh Government using an online secure data transfer system called 'AFON'. The AFON system applies an extensive series of validation checks to ensure that the information provided uses the correct codes and is internally consistent.

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data are shown at 31 March for each year.

Users, uses and context

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Rounding applied

The following measures have been taken to minimise the risk of unwanted disclosure of personal data:
All figures have been rounded to the nearest five. Where there are less than five children in any group, the actual number has been suppressed, and replaced by the symbol *.

Revisions information

Data for 2017 to 2022 were revised on 21 May 2024.


Children receiving care and support at 31 March by looked after status, category of need and disability

Last update

21 May 2024 21 May 2024

Next update

March 2025 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Children Receiving Care and Support Census

Contact email



Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Local authorities

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

Statistical quality

Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.


Children; Children receiving care and support; Category of Need; Disability