Briefing: DfE Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
January 25, 2019
Martin Rogers
Issues Covered
  • Reasons why children in need fall behind
  • Responses to call for evidence on Children in Need
  • Review of definition of Children in Need
Children's services and education
Related briefings

DfE evidence calls: Exclusions, alternative provision and children in need (April 2018)

Educational outcomes of children in care (January 2018)

Alternative provision and exclusions: Commons Education Committee (August 2018)


Children in Need are children on a Child Protection Plan, Looked-after, disabled or otherwise supported by social workers. There were approx 1.5 in the period up to April 2018. DfE has researched how to improve the educational outcomes of these children.

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