Number of children in need rises by 4 per cent since last year

The number of children in need at 31 March has increased this year, from 389,040 in 2017 to 404,710 in 2018, an increase of 4.0%. The number of episodes of need starting in the year has risen by 1.7% from 400,110 to 406,770, whereas the number of episodes ending in the year fell by 1.3% from 353,860 to 349,130. 

For the full statistics, click here. For the Local Government Association's response, click here.