Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

LA - Children who started to be looked after during the year

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Local authority level data for children who started to be looked after during the year by:

  • age group
  •  category of need
  •  gender
  •  legal status
  •  numbers taken into care


1. National and regional numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. See the methodology document for further information. 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. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.

3. Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.

4. For some local authorities, such as Kent, the figures may be impacted by significant numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
Local authority, National, Regional
  • Number of children
  • Percentage of children
  • Characteristics by detail
Time period
2018 to 2020

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group1 to 4 years535017
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group10 to 15 years833027
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over621020
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group5 to 9 years510016
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal30970100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
detailCharacteristics by detail
numberNumber of children
percentagePercentage of children


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