Social workers for children and families
1. Main facts and figures
as at 30 September 2020, there were 33,970 children and family social workers employed by local authorities in England, and ethnicity was known for 81.0% of them
71.4% of children and family social workers were White British, and 12.3% were Black (out of those whose ethnicity was known)
by comparison, in the 2011 Census, 78.5% of working age people (aged 16 to 64) in England identified as White British, and 3.6% identified as Black
between 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2020, the percentage of children and family social workers who were White went down and the percentage who were Black went up
2. Things you need to know
What the data measures
The data shows the number of social workers working in children and family services (where ethnicity was known), and the percentage from each ethnic group.
The data includes social workers who are both:
- registered with the Health and Care Professional Council
- working with children and families in a local authority in England
The data is based on a headcount on 30 September 2020. 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.
The ethnic groups used in the data
Data is shown for the 16 ethnic groups used in the 2001 Census.
Read the detailed methodology document for the data on this page.
In the data file
See Download the data for the numbers of social workers with unknown ethnicity between 30 September 2017 and 30 September 2020.
3. By ethnicity
|Mixed White/Black African||0.5||150|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||1.4||390|
|Other including Chinese||1.0||260|
Summary of Social workers for children and families By ethnicity Summary
4. By ethnicity over time
|Ethnicity||2017 %||2017 Number||2018 %||2018 Number||2019 %||2019 Number||2020 %||2020 Number|
|Mixed White/Black African||0.6||140||0.5||140||0.5||140||0.5||150|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||1.2||290||1.3||340||1.4||380||1.4||390|
|Other including Chinese||1.1||280||1.2||310||1.0||270||1.0||260|
Summary of Social workers for children and families By ethnicity over time Summary
5. 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.
6. Download the data
This file contains the following: measure, ethnicity, year, headcount, percentage.