Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

National - Children who started to be looked after during the years ending 31 March

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Children who started to be looked after during the year, by gender, age on starting, category of need, ethnicity, legal status, previous permanence and placement type. Data formerly in tables C1 and C2.

Footnotes:

1. 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.

2. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.

3. '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).

4. Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.

5. Foster placements 'not Fostering for Adoption or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.

6. In 2020 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
National
Indicators
  • Number
  • Percent
Filters
  • Characteristic
Time period
2018 to 2020

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_nameCLA_groupcharacteristicnumberpercent
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting1 to 4 years535017
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting10 to 15 years833027
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting16 years and over621020
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting5 to 9 years510016
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on startingTotal children30970100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicCharacteristic
numberNumber
percentPercent

Footnotes

  1. In 2020 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
  2. '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).
  3. 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.
  4. Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.
  5. Foster placements 'not Fostering for Adoption or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.
  6. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.

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