Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA on 31 March by characteristics - NATIONAL

Not the latest data
Last updated

Children looked after at 31 March each year, by gender, age group (on 31 March), primary need, ethnicity, legal status, motherhood status, placement type (on 31 March) and number of placements during the year (placement stability). Data formerly in table A1 and A2.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic
Time period
2018 to 2021

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group1 to 4 years1167014
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group10 to 15 years3133039
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over1890023
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group5 to 9 years1502019
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal children80850100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. Percentages for all mothers aged 12 or over looked after at 31 March are the number of looked after mothers aged 12 and over as a percentage of all looked after females aged 12 and over.
  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. In 2021 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
  4. 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.
  5. FFA relates to Fostering for Adoption. Foster placements 'not FFA or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.
  6. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.

Using this data

  • Download the underlying data as a compressed ZIP file

  • View or create your own tables

    View tables that we have built for you, or create your own tables from open data using our table tool