Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA on 31 March who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children - NATIONAL

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Children looked after on 31 March each year who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, by gender, age group (on 31 March), primary need, placement type and ethnicity. 

Data formerly in table A3.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic
Time period
2019 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over630086
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal7290100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupUnder 16 years100014
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCategory of needN1. Abuse or neglect5107
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCategory of needN2. Child's disabilitycc

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Historical data may differ from older publications which is mainly due to amendments made by local authorities after the previous publication. However, users looking for a longer time series may wish to check for the equivalent table in earlier releases of this publication. Figures exclude children looked after under a series of short-term placements. 
  2. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  3. Secure units are small, secure children's homes that provide a safe place where very vulnerable children and young people can receive the care, support and education they need. Beds within secure children's homes are either contracted to the Youth Custody Service (YCS), or are available to local authorities (LAs) for welfare or criminal justice placements.

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