Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA starting during the year by characteristics - NATIONAL

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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.

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 2022

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting1 to 4 years476015
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting10 to 15 years824027
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting16 years and over790025
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on starting5 to 9 years471015
2022Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on startingTotal children31010100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.
  2. FFA relates to Fostering for Adoption. Foster placements 'not FFA or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.
  3. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. 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. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  5. In 2022 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
  6. '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).

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