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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Children receiving care and support by local authority and looked after status
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Age Group 1[Filter]
Disability 1[Filter]
Ethnicity 1[Filter]
Gender 1[Filter]
Area Code[Filter]
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Child Status 1
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Local Authority 1
[Collapse]All children receiving care and supportClick here to sortAll children receiving care and support
Click here to sortChildren looked after at 31 MarchClick here to sortChildren on the child protection register, but not looked after at 31st MarchClick here to sortChildren receiving care and support, but not looked after, and not on the child protection register at 31st March
[Collapse]All Welsh local authorities6,6752,2157,53016,420
All Welsh local authoritiesIsle of Anglesey1557575310
Neath Port Talbot340105395840
Vale of Glamorgan27550340670
Rhondda Cynon Taf6453408151,795
Merthyr Tydfil200120290605
Blaenau Gwent21550230490


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

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

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

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