Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

22-25 year old care leavers in contact with the responsible authority - LA

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Local authority level data on care leavers, aged 22 to 25, by whether the care leaver was in touch with their LA for support.

Users should be cautious when drawing conclusions from this data. Accommodation information is only for those young people who contacted the LA and requested and received support and so for older care leavers the cohort may be small.

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
  • Age
  • Contact with local authority
Time period

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 22Care leaver not in touch526049
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 22Total10840100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 22Young person has requested and received support558051
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 23Care leaver not in touch650062
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 23Total10540100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
in_touchContact with local authority


  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Figures exclude young people who were looked after under an agreed series of short term placements, those who have died since leaving care, those who have returned home to parents or someone with parental responsibility for a continuous period of at least 6 months and those whose care was transferred to another local authority. 
  2. Figures for 2023 exclude Barnsley who were unable to provide data in time for publication.
  3. For young people who turned 22, 23, 24 or 25 during the year, data is only reported if the young person requested and received support from the local authority. Information reported is at their last contact with the local authority.  Local authorities are not expected to be in touch and initiate contact with young people over age 21 who have not requested or received support during the reporting period. This data is collected and reported to record the numbers of older care leavers who are accessing their entitlement to support and to better understand their activity and accommodation status.
  4. Data was collected for the first time in 2023, and in some cases may be an undercount of the full cohort, particularly for the older care leavers. We suspect the number of 24-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 3% and 25-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 10% (when comparing to the number of 20- and 21-year-old care leavers reported in 2019).

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