Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA starting during the year by characteristics - LA

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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
  • unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

For some local authorities, 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
2019 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group1 to 4 years484015
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group10 to 15 years891027
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over907027
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group5 to 9 years473014
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal33000100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. National and regional 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. Following the introduction of the National Transfer Scheme (NTS) in 2016, there has been an agreement between local authorities to transfer UASC to ensure a more equitable distribution of UASC across all local authorities. This means that some UASC will be counted more than once in the national and regional CLA starting and ceasing figures if they started or ceased to be looked after within more than one local authority during the year. In 2019, the number of UASC starts included 340 young people who had transferred from another LA; this had increased to 1,030 in 2023 following the mandation of the NTS in February 2022.

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