Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

17-21 year old care leavers activity - LA

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Local authority level data on care leavers, aged 17 to 21, by activity (as measured on or around their birthday). 

For some local authorities, 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
  • Activity
  • Age
Time period
2019 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 17 to 18Education other than higher education635047
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 17 to 18Higher education i.e. studies beyond A level4203
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 17 to 18In an apprenticeship2802
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 17 to 18In training or employmentzz
2023Reporting yearNationalE92000001EnglandAged 17 to 18In training or employment (excl. apprenticeship)174013

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 4 variables
Variable nameVariable description


  1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages rounded to the nearest whole number. Historical data may differ from older publications which is mainly due to amendments made by local authorities after the previous publication. However, users looking for a longer time series may wish to check for the equivalent table in earlier releases of this publication. Figures exclude young people who were looked after under an agreed series of short term placements, those who have died since leaving care, those who have returned home to parents or someone with parental responsibility for a continuous period of at least 6 months and those whose care was transferred to another local authority. Figures for the number of care leavers who have died each year can be found in the methodology document. 
  2. 'Local authority not in touch' excludes young people where activity information is known, as a third party provided it even though the local authority is not directly in touch with the young person.
  3. In touch, activity and accommodation information for 17-21 year old care leavers relates to contact around their birthday. 
  4. Figures for 2023 exclude Barnsley who were unable to provide data in time for publication.

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