Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2018 to 2019 children in need census.


Children in need census 2018 to 2019: business and technical specification

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Children in need census 2018 to 2019: validation rules


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This is technical information about submitting data for the children in need census for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

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 1 November 2017
Last updated 19 September 2018 + show all updates


  1. Updated the validation rules documents to include additional rules and amendments.
  2. Updated 'Children in need census 2018 to 2019: validation rules'
  3. First published.

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