Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA starting during the year by characteristics - LA

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Local authority level data for children who started to be looked after during the year by:

  • age group
  •  category of need
  •  gender
  •  legal status
  •  numbers taken into care

For some local authorities, such as Kent or Croydon, the figures may be impacted by significant numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Data set details

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

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group1 to 4 years511018
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group10 to 15 years726026
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group16 years and over571020
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge group5 to 9 years475017
2021Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge groupTotal28440100

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. National and regional 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.
  2. Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after has been counted.
  3. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.

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