Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

Official Statistics - CLA on 31 March by school stability - NATIONAL

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Children looked after on 31 March each year, by gender, age group (on 31 March), ethnicity, first legal status during the year (or previous 2 years), first placement during the year (or previous 2 years), school phase, SEN provision, type of need, unaccompanied/non-unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and number of school moves during the year and previous 2 years (school stability). 

This file was added in April 2024. Data in the file is based on CLA data matched to the school census.


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
National
Indicators
  • Number
  • Percentage
Filters
  • CLA group
  • Characteristic
  • Move Measure
Time period
2019 to 2023

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_namecla_grouppopulation_groupcharacteristicmove_measureschool_stabilitynumberpercentage
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCLA 2 years on 31 MarchAge group10 to 15 yearsAny movesTotal children23700100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCLA 2 years on 31 MarchAge group10 to 15 yearsAny movesWith no moves during the previous 2 years1887080
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCLA 2 years on 31 MarchAge group10 to 15 yearsAny movesWith one or more moves during the previous 2 years483020
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCLA 2 years on 31 MarchAge group10 to 15 yearsMid-year movesTotal children23700100
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandCLA 2 years on 31 MarchAge group10 to 15 yearsMid-year movesWith no mid-year moves during the previous 2 years2025085

Variables in this data set

Table showing first 5 of 6 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicCharacteristic
cla_groupCLA group
move_measureMove Measure
numberNumber
percentagePercentage

Footnotes

  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. 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. Percentages have been 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. 
  3. First placement and legal status during the year, excluding a small number of children for whom placement on 31 March and corresponding legal status has been used. See methodology document for further information.
  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. First placement and legal status during the previous 2 years, excluding a small number of children for whom placement on 31 March and corresponding legal status has been used. See methodology document for further information.
  6. Includes children looked after on 31 March each year who are of school age and have been matched to the school census. See methodology document for further information.
  7. Includes children looked after on 31 March each year who also spent at least one day in care in the previous year ending 31 March, who are of school age and have been matched to the school census. See methodology document for further information.
  8. 'Any moves' is the number of times a child moves school (or from no school to a school) between 1 April and 31 March, excluding any moves prior to the date on which the child first entered care during the year.
  9. 'Mid-year moves' is the number of times a child moves school (or from no school to a school) between 1 April and 31 March, excluding the period 1 August to 30 September, and excluding any moves prior to the date on which the child first entered care during the year.
  10. 'Any moves' is the number of times a child moves school (or from no school to a school) between 1 April of the previous year ending 31 March and 31 March of the relevant year, excluding any moves prior to the date on which the child first entered care during the previous 2 years.
  11. 'Mid-year moves' is the number of times a child moves school (or from no school to a school) between  1 April of the previous year ending 31 March and 31 March of the relevant year, excluding the period 1 August to 30 September of both years, and excluding any moves prior to the date on which the child first entered care during the previous 2 years.
  12. Excludes expected transitions from one school phase to another, for example primary school to secondary school at age 11.
  13. EHC plans also includes statements of SEN. Statements were phased out from 2014 to 2018.
  14. The summer census in 2020 was not carried out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore it has not been possible to produce data for 2020, and 2021 data excludes children aged 15 at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year.
  15. The summer census in 2020 was not carried out due to the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore it has not been possible to produce data for 2020, 2022 data excludes children aged 15 at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year, and 2021 data excludes children aged 14 at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year.
  16. UASC are generally older - care should be taken when interpreting the data for these children.

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