Social workers for children and families
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1. Main facts and figures
- there were 31,720 children and family social workers employed by local authorities in England as at 30 September 2018, and ethnicity was known for 83% of them
- 71.7% of children and family social workers were White British (out of those whose ethnicity was known)
- 11.1% were Black (including people from Black Caribbean, Black African and Other Black backgrounds)
- 4.9% came from the Other White ethnic group, the highest percentage for any specific ethnic group after White British
- for comparison, 78.5% of working age people in England identified as White British in the 2011 Census, 3.6% as Black, and 5.6% as Other White
- the percentage of children and family social workers from each ethnic group was similar to last year
The ethnic categories used in this data
The ethnic categories are those used in the 2001 Census.
- Any Other Asian background
- Any Other Black/African/Caribbean background
Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups:
- White and Black Caribbean
- White and Black African
- White and Asian
- Any Other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background
- English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British
- Any Other White background
Other ethnic group:
- Any Other ethnic group
2. By ethnicity
|Mixed White/Black African||0.5||140|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||1.3||340|
|Other including Chinese||1.2||310|
Summary of Social workers for children and families By ethnicity Summary
Local authorities submit their data to the Department for Education (DfE) through the secure COLLECT (collections online for learning, education, children and teachers) data collection system.
DfE carries out quality and consistency checks including:
- those that are built into the data collection system
- additional credibility checks, which make comparisons between the data collected for the current year and the previous year
The data collection covers all children and family social workers employed by local authorities in England.
Local authorities provided data about individual social workers for the first time in 2017. Before this, they had provided data about their workforce as a whole.
The numbers shown here are based on a headcount at 30 September 2018. This is the total number of children and family social workers, regardless of whether they worked part-time or full-time.
Numbers of social workers are rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages are rounded to 1 decimal place.
4. Data sources
Type of data
Type of statistic
Department for Education
Purpose of data source
The figures are used to monitor the diversity of the children’s social work workforce.