Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA on 31 March by characteristics - LA

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Local authority level data for children looked after at 31 March by:

  • age group
  • category of need
  • distance between home and placement
  • distance between home and placement and locality of placement
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • legal status
  • local authority of placement
  • locality of placement
  • placement type
  • placement provider
  • numbers of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

For some local authorities, such as Kent or Croydon, 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
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic
Time period
2018 to 2021

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group1 to 4 years1167014
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group10 to 15 years3133039
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over1890023
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group5 to 9 years1502019
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal80850100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. Placement locality denotes whether or not the placement is within the geographical boundary of the responsible LA.
  2. 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.
  3. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.
  4. 'Youth justice legal statuses' refers to children: remanded to LA accommodation or youth detention accommodation under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012; placed in LA accommodation under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; or, sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order with residence or intensive fostering requirement under the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (as amended).
  5. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.

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