Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA who were adopted - number, gender and legal status of adopters - NATIONAL

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Children looked after who were adopted during the years ending 31 March by number of adopters, legal status of adopters and by gender of adopters. 

Data formerly in table E3.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic level
Time period
2019 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandNumber of adopters1 person37013
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandNumber of adopters2 people258087
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandNumber of adoptersTotal2960100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandGender and legal status of adopters1 Total single adopters37013
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandGender and legal status of adopters1a Single male adopter502

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
measureCharacteristic level


  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. The Royal Assent to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in July 2013 allowed same sex marriages to be performed from summer 2014. Different sex civil partnerships were allowed from December 2019.

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