Children in need census 2022 to 2023: specification

Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2022 to 2023 children in need census.

Applies to England



This is technical information about submitting data for the children in need census for the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

It is for:

  • suppliers of software for local authority management information systems (MIS)
  • users of local authority MIS software

It explains:

  • changes to the previous year’s census collection
  • what data local authorities should supply at child level
  • how to structure the data in XML
  • how to check the data against the validation rules
Published 13 October 2021