Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

National - Children who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March by characteristics

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Children who ceased to be looked after during the year by gender, age on ceasing, reason episode ceased, legal status, category of need, ethnicity, placement and duration of latest period of care. Data formerly in tables D1, D2 and D3.

Footnotes:

1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages and averages 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. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.

3. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.

4. '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).

5. Only the last occasion on which a child ceased to be looked after in the year has been counted.

6. Foster placements 'not Fostering for Adoption or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.

7. In 2020 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.


Data set details

Theme
Children's social care
Publication
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
National
Indicators
  • Number
  • Percent
Filters
  • Characteristic
Time period
2018 to 2020

Data set preview

Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
time_periodtime_identifiergeographic_levelcountry_codecountry_nameCLA_groupcharacteristicnumberpercent
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing1 to 4 years651022
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing10 to 15 years437015
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing16 years13305
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing17 years14905
2020Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing5 to 9 years343012

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 variables
Variable nameVariable description
characteristicCharacteristic
numberNumber
percentPercent

Footnotes

  1. Only the last occasion on which a child ceased to be looked after in the year has been counted.
  2. In 2020 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
  3. '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).
  4. In 2020, 69% of all children who were stated as ceasing due to other reasons left care on their 18th birthday.
  5. Only the last occasion on which a child ceased to be looked after in the year has been counted.
  6. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  7. Foster placements 'not Fostering for Adoption or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.
  8. Period of care refers to a continuous period of being looked after, which may include more than one placement or legal status.
  9. No new applications for freeing orders may be made on or after 30 December 2005, they were replaced by placement orders.
  10. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages and averages 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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