Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

Duration of placements by type ceasing during the year - NATIONAL

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Duration of placement ceasing during the year, by placement type. 

Data formerly in table B3

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Duration of placements
  • Placement type
Time period
2019 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England1 to 7 daysAll placements977011
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England1 to 7 daysFoster placements632013
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England1 to 7 daysOther placements84025
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England1 to 7 daysOther placements in the community2406
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001England1 to 7 daysOther residential settings90025

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
placement_durationDuration of placements
placement_groupPlacement type


  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages and averages 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. Figures exclude children looked after under a series of short-term placements. 
  2. A placement may cease but the child will continue to be looked after if a new placement begins immediately. This table gives counts of placements, not children. If a child has more than one placement in the year then each will be included.
  3. Analysis of revisions in previous years suggests that total numbers of placements ceasing in the latest year are often revised upwards by around 10,000 the following year as information is updated on LA systems.

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