Skip to content
Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Children receiving care and support by local authority and age group
[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.<br />[Filtered]
Child Status 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[Filter]
Ethnicity 1[Filter]
Area Code[Filter]
Gender 1[Filter]
[Collapse]Age Group[Filter]
Age Group 1
[Collapse]Local Authority[Filter]
Local Authority 1
[Collapse]All AgesClick here to sortAll Ages
Click here to sortUnder 1 yearClick here to sort1 to 4 yearsClick here to sort5 to 9 yearsClick here to sort10 to 15 yearsClick here to sort16 years and over
[Collapse]All Welsh local authorities1,3255,8208,89013,5404,63034,200
All Welsh local authoritiesIsle of Anglesey2512017525585655
Ceredigion*The data item is disclosive or not sufficiently robust for publication7016027590610
Neath Port Talbot652103956602051,530
Vale of Glamorgan501903755401551,310
Rhondda Cynon Taf1506059001,3404003,395
Merthyr Tydfil402003253801051,055
Blaenau Gwent40185195375190980


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 2021 were revised on 28 November 2023.


Children receiving care and support at 31 March by age group, gender, looked after status and ethnicity

Last update

28 November 2023 28 November 2023

Next update

February 2024 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Children Receiving Care and Support Census

Contact email


Experimental statistics

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; Age; Ethnicity; Disability; Gender; Children looked after