To access the CWIP App, go here:

To view the source code of the CWIP App, go here:

The Child Welfare Inequalities Project App has been developed so that local authorities can investigate the trends and patterns identified in the CWIP research within their own local contexts.

Throughout the research we found that demand for children’s services had been growing, at least since 2010; that more deprived children were more likely to have child welfare interventions; and that there were large inequalities in interventions based on children’s ethnicity. However, we recognise that local authorities need to know whether they fit these general patterns and think at the local level about how they can respond to them. To read the final report of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, click here.

CWIP App Legacy Version

Below are the legacy versions of the CWIP App (version 1).

Generic version (Legacy, version 1)

This generic version of the App does not contain any geographical information data (which takes up a large amount of space and processing power) and allows users to select any two authorities to compare, or to have no specific LAs selected. It may therefore be more suitable for national organisations without an interest in specific geography.

It is recommended to use the generic version of the App if your local version is running very slowly (many users requesting geographic maps) and you wish to look at trends over time, not geography.

Click here to go to the generic version of the CWIP App.


  • What are Indices of Multiple Deprivation Scores and what does a high or low score mean?

IMD Scores reflect the level of deprivation in a local authority or neighbourhood. These are calculated based on a range of data related to income, employment, health, and other factors. Higher IMD scores reflect higher levels of poverty and deprivation, and lower IMD score reflect lower levels of deprivation. More information about the Indices of Multiple Deprivation can be found here.

  • How do I access more up-to-date data?

The CWIP App will be updated with more recent data if we are able to continue funding its development and hosting. You can help improve the chances of this happening by completing our feedback form here.

  • Can I get support/training for using the CWIP app in my organisation?

Please contact if you need support using the CWIP app.


The CWIP App was created by Calum Webb and Rhiannon Thomas at the University of Sheffield.

The Child Welfare Inequalities Project was led by Professors Paul Bywaters, Kate Morris, and Brid Featherstone. More details about the project and research can be found here.

Please cite the CWIP App as:

  • Webb, C. & Thomas, R. (2020) The Child Welfare Inequalities Project App. The University of Sheffield, Sheffield.

The CWIP App was developed in Rstudio using the following packages: Tidyverse, Shiny, Shinydashboard, Plotly, & htmlwidgets. The App would not have been possible without the contributions of the wider R community.

R is distributed under the GNU General Public License.

The CWIP App was funded by the University of Sheffield and Research England.