Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

Official Statistics - CLA who were away from placement without authorisation - NATIONAL

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Note: These statistics are published as Official Statistics. Users should be cautious making comparisons between local authorities, or across years due to changing reporting practices - see the methodology document for further information.

Children looked after who were  away from their placement without authorisation. Figures by duration of  period away from their placement without authorisation, placement  and age of child at the start of the incident. 

Data formerly in table G1.


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
National
Indicators
  • Measure
Filters
  • Children looked after who were away from placement
Time period
2019 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_namemissing_statuscharacteristicnumber
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren away from placement without authorisation by ethnic origin1. Total White1510
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren away from placement without authorisation by ethnic origin1a. White British1370
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren away from placement without authorisation by ethnic origin1b. White Irish10
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren away from placement without authorisation by ethnic origin1c. Traveller of Irish Heritagec
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandChildren away from placement without authorisation by ethnic origin1d. Gypsy Roma10

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 2 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicChildren looked after who were away from placement - by missing status
numberMeasure

Footnotes

  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. Figures for 2021 exclude data for Hackney and figures for 2023 exclude data for Barnsley as the LAs were unable to provide data in these years.
  3. Away from placement without authorisation is defined as a looked after child whose whereabouts is known but who is not at their placement or place they are expected to be and the carer has concerns or the incident has been notified to the local authority or the police.
  4. Since 2017 a growing number of local authorities informed the department that they do not record incidents as 'away without authorisation' but instead report all incidents as 'missing' to maintain consistency with local police reporting. We estimate this could mean an overestimate of missing incidents of up to 10% in 2019, 13% in 2020 and 2021, 10% in 2022 and 11% in 2023; suggesting the true figures could be more like 10,800, 11,000, 9,600, 11,100 and 11,500. There is a corresponding estimate of an undercount of away without authorisation incidents of up to 22% in 2019, 29% in 2020, 32% in 2021, 30% in 2022 and 32% in 2023; suggesting the true figures could be more like 4,700, 4,800, 3,800, 3,600 and 3,900. However some of these local authorities submitted some 'away without authorisation' information and this has been included in the away from placement without authorisation table.

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