1. Main facts and figures
- in 2016/17, there were 30,670 children and family social workers employed by local authorities in England, and ethnicity was known for 82% of them
- of those whose ethnicity was known, just under three-quarters (73.1%) were White British – around 18,420 social workers
- 10.6% came from the broad Black ethnic group (which includes people from Black Caribbean, Black African and Other Black backgrounds)
- 5.3% came from the Other White ethnic group, the highest percentage for any specific ethnic group after White British
- in the 2011 Census, 78.5% of the working age population in England (people aged 16 to 64 years) identified as White British, 3.6% as Black, and 5.6% as Other White
The ethnic categories used in this data
The ethnic categories used in this data have been grouped following the 2001 Census categories.
- 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
|Chinese and other||1.1||280|
|Mixed White/Black African||0.6||140|
|Mixed White/Black Caribbean||1.2||290|
Local authorities submit their data and carry out consistency checks. The Department for Education carries out extra checks to compare new data to data received previously.
The data collection covers all children and family social workers employed by the local authorities in England. In 2016/17, local authorities provided data about individual social workers, rather than combined data about their workforce as in previous years.
Suppression rules and disclosure control
Values of 1 or 2, and any associated percentages, are replaced with an ‘x’. Some secondary suppression may also occur to prevent any suppressed values being disclosed.
Numbers of social workers are rounded to the nearest 10 to prevent any individuals being identified. 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 in order to understand how the workforce reflects the community it serves. As further data is collected this information would, for example, help determine whether government or employers should take action to address any inequalities in workforce progression.
5. Download the data
This file includes the following variables: Measure, Ethnicity, Ethnicity_type, Value, Value_type, Count, Value Note