Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA on 31 March by placement type, distance and locality of placement - NATIONAL

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Children looked after on 31 March each year by distance between home and placement, by placement type and by locality of placement (placed 20 miles or less from home, or more than 20 miles from home). 

Data formerly in table A4.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic
  • Type of placement
Time period
2018 to 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll new placements1.i 20 miles or less inside LA boundary4033049
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll new placements1.ii 20 miles or less outside LA boundary1887023
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll new placements2.i Over 20 miles inside LA boundary34304
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll new placements2.ii Over 20 miles outside LA boundary1355016
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAll new placementsDistance not Known or not recorded60007

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
cla_groupType of placement


  1. Placement locality denotes whether or not the placement is within the geographical boundary of the responsible LA.
  2. Living independently includes children in residential employment. Other includes placement in residential schools and other placements
  3. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures exclude children looked after under a series of short-term placements. Historical data may differ from older publications which is mainly due to amendments made by local authorities after the previous publication.
  4. Distance is the distance in miles between the child's home and placement. In some cases this is not known, for example UASC, or not recorded for confidentiality reasons, such as some children placed for adoption.

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