Overview of administrative data on children’s social care in England


DSLs are the members of staff in a school who have the lead responsibility for safeguarding and child protection, including responsibility for referring cases that meet threshold levels of concern on to Children’s Social Care (CSC). The role involves having to make difficult decisions about complex situations and vulnerable children, however DSLs tend not to receive adequate formal supervision.


This short report gives an overview of administrative data available on children’s social care in England, to encourage researchers and local authorities to make more use of these datasets.