Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA who were adopted - NATIONAL

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Children looked after who were adopted in the year, by gender, age group at adoption, age at starting final period of care, primary need, ethnicity, duration of final period of care and final legal status. Data formerly in table E1.

Note: Age group at adoption and age at starting final period of care include an average age value; duration of final period of care includes an average duration. These values are in the 'Number' indicator but are in the format (years:month).

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 at adoption1 to 4 years222078
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge at adoption10 to 15 years401
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge at adoption16 years and over10~
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge at adoption5 to 9 years48017
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge at AdoptionAverage age (years:months)03:03z

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.
  2. Period of care refers to a continuous period of being looked after, which may include more than one placement or legal status.
  3. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  4. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. See the methodology document for further information. 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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