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Wales Children in Need Census

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  • Release date: 8 March 2017
  • Period covered: 2016
An annual report which includes data on disability and parenting capacity factors.

Key points

  • There were 18,990 children in need included in the Children in Need Census at 31 March 2016, which was a rate of 302 per 10,000 children aged under 18 years, and 105 who were unborn.
  • More than a third (38 per cent) of referrals were from local authority departments and a further 34 per cent from the police and primary or community health services.
  • One-fifth (20 per cent) of children in need had a disability.
  • Parental substance or alcohol misuse, domestic abuse and parental mental ill health capacity factors were each recorded for about a quarter of children in need.
  • The attainment of children in need at each Key Stage assessment was much lower than the average for all pupils.


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