Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

Reason for placement change during the year of CLA by characteristics - NATIONAL

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Reason for placement change for children who moved placements in the year. Includes breakdowns by gender, age, placement type, duration of placement and category of need. 

Data formerly in table B4.

Data set details

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

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge1 to 4 yearsAll Placements851016
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge1 to 4 yearsAllegation (s47)801
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge1 to 4 yearsApproval removed601
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge1 to 4 yearsCarer requests placement end other than due to child's behaviour5406
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge1 to 4 yearsCarer requests placement ends due to child's behaviour2102

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
reason_for_changeReason for placement change


  1. 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.
  2. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  3. Age at end of placement.
  4. When a child has more than one placement then each will be counted.
  5. Approval removed denotes where a setting is no longer approved/registered with the appropriate statutory body (eg Ofsted). Change in status of a placement only denotes where there is a change of status for the placement but the child remains with the same carer and there is no change to the care plan, for example if a foster carer moves house, or a foster carer working for a local authority becomes managed by an independent fostering agency.

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