Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA during the year by placement type, distance and locality - NATIONAL

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Number of new placements for children looked after during the year by locality of placement and distance between home and placement. Data formerly in table B2.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percent
  • characteristic
  • Type of placement
Time period
2018 to 2021

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFoster Placements1. 20 miles or less4128079
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandFoster Placements2. Over 20 miles807015
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandLiving Independently1. 20 miles or less383057
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandLiving Independently2. Over 20 miles90013
2018Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandOther1. 20 miles or less80082

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description
CLA_groupType of placement


  1. Placement locality denotes whether or not the placement is within the geographical boundary of the responsible LA.
  2. Placements denotes the total number of new placements starting during the year - if a child has for example, more than one foster placement then both will be counted. Living independently includes children in residential employment. Other includes placement in residential schools and other placements
  3. Distance is the distance in miles between the child's home and placement. In some cases this is not known, for example UASC, or not recorded for confidentiality reasons, such as some children placed for adoption.
  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.

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