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Data Provider: Welsh Government Children receiving care and support by category of need and disability
[Collapse]Child Status[Filtered]
Child Status 1[Filter]
Area Code[Filter]
[Collapse]Local Authority[Filtered]
Local Authority 1[Filter]
Disability 1
[Collapse]Need category[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 support3,57512,84516,420
All children receiving care and supportAbuse or neglect6058,2458,850
Child’s disability or illness2,4802852,765
Parental disability or illness45360405
Family in acute stress2401,3851,625
Family dysfunction1651,9802,145
Socially unacceptable behaviour20350375
Absent parenting10220230
Adoption disruption102030


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

Last update
18 March 2020 18 March 2020

Next update
February 2021 (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

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 2018 were revised on 18 March 2020.

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