Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

22-25 year old care leavers by whether their accommodation is suitable - NATIONAL

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Care leavers in touch with the local authority, aged 22 to 25, by whether their accommodation is deemed to be suitable.

Users should be cautious when drawing conclusions from this data. Accommodation information is only for those young people who contacted the LA and requested and received support and so for older care leavers the cohort may be small.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Age of care leaver
  • Suitability of accommodation
Time period

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England22 yearsAccommodation considered suitable523049
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England22 yearsAccommodation considered unsuitable3603
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England22 yearsNo information515048
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England22 yearsTotal10740100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England23 yearsAccommodation considered suitable379036

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
accommodation_suitabilitySuitability of accommodation
care_leaver_ageAge of care leaver


  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures exclude young people who were looked after under an agreed series of short term placements, those who have died since leaving care, those who have returned home to parents or someone with parental responsibility for a continuous period of at least 6 months and those whose care was transferred to another local authority. 
  2. Accommodation suitable/not suitable figures also exclude young people who have gone abroad, been deported or their residence is not know as in these cases the suitability of the accommodation will be unknown. This means the total of care leavers in this table will be slightly lower than the total in the care leaver accommodation table. Regulation 9(2) of the Care Leavers Regulations defines what is meant by 'Suitable accommodation'. 'No information' includes young people whose accommodation is not known because they have not been in touch with the local authority during the year.
  3. Figures for 2023 exclude Barnsley who were unable to provide data in time for publication.
  4. For young people who turned 22, 23, 24 or 25 during the year, data is only reported if the young person requested and received support from the local authority. Information reported is at their last contact with the local authority.  Local authorities are not expected to be in touch and initiate contact with young people over age 21 who have not requested or received support during the reporting period. This data is collected and reported to record the numbers of older care leavers who are accessing their entitlement to support and to better understand their activity and accommodation status.
  5. Data was collected for the first time in 2023, and in some cases may be an undercount of the full cohort, particularly for the older care leavers. We suspect the number of 24-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 3% and 25-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 10% (when comparing to the number of 20- and 21-year-old care leavers reported in 2019).

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