The DfE has shared information on the national average caseload for children's social workers across all 152 local authorities. The annual workforce statistics show that the average is 16.1 with Lambeth having the lowest but with 11 councils having an average caseload of 25 or higher including Blackburn, St Helens, Hull, Stoke, Hertfordshire, Luton, Peterborough, Southend, Hampshire, Surrey and Bristol.
There are 15 councils where average caseloads are less than 12 – Rochdale, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Solihull, City of London, Islington, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth, Medway, Portsmouth, and Reading.
Nationally, there were 326,770 cases at the time the figures were collected, held by 20,330 social workers, giving an average of 16.1 cases per social worker.
The DfE has said it is keen to use the statistics it collects in order to spot when standards in child protection are slipping.