Children in Need

A child in need is one who has been assessed by children’s social care to be in need of services. These services can include, for example, family support (to help keep together families experiencing difficulties), leaving care support (to help young people who have left local authority care), adoption support, or disabled children’s services (including social care, education and health provision.)

Children in Need

  • Derby had 2,342 children in need at 31st March 2016 which equates to a rate of 397.9 per 10,000, which is higher than the comparator average (385.3) and national average (337.7). Derby saw a reduction of 102 cases compared to the number open at the end of last year. 
  • 27.4% of open cases at 31st March 2016 in Derby were open for a duration of less than 3 month. This is in line with the comparator (27.8%) average, and slightly higher than the national (25.6%) average.
  • 72.1% of all children in need cases at 31st March 2016 were open due to CN1-Abuse and Neglect (CN1) (1,688 out of 2,342), 10.9% were open due to CN2-Child’s Disability and 9.3% were open due to CN3 - Parent's disability or illness.
  • Derby had 3,582 children in need referrals during 2015-16, which is an increase of 381 referrals from the previous year. Derby’s rate of referral for 2015-16 is 608.6 per 10,000 population which is above the 2015-16 national rate of 532.2 but below the comparator authority average rate of 671.5. This is an increase from Derby’s rate in 2014-15, when the rate was 548.6 (the 2015-16 rates have been calculated based on the new U18 population rates from the ONS for mid-2015)
  • 13.2% of all children in need cases at 31st March 2016 had a disability recorded (308 children from 2,342). This is a slight increase from the previous year where 12.6% of CIN cases were identified as disabled. This increase can be attributed to a lower number of children in need at year end, as the number with a recorded disability remained the same.

Single Assessments

  • 2,882 Single Assessments were completed during 2015-16. 75.6% of these were completed within the required timescale of 45 working days.
  • Of the 2,882 Single Assessments completed during 2015-16, Domestic Violence was identified as an Assessment Factor in 67% of all assessments. This could be against the child (547, 18.9%), the parent/carer (1,192 cases, 41.4%) or another person (203 cases, 7.0%)
  • 47.1% of all Single Assessments completed during 2015-16 had Mental Illness as an Assessment Factor. This could be identified as the child (381 cases, 13.2%), the parent/carer (850 cases, 29.5%) or another person (126 cases, 4.4%)
  • Alcohol and Drug Misuse also featured highly within the Assessment Factors for 2015-16. 27.9% of all factors were attributed to alcohol misuse - child (76 cases, 2.6%), the parent/carer (636 cases, 22.1%) or another person (92 cases, 3.2%). 
  • 27.7% of all factors were attributed to drug misuse - child (153 cases, 5.3%), the parent/carer (508 cases, 17.6%) or another person (138 cases, 4.8%)


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