Data set from Children looked after in England including adoptions

CLA ceasing during the year by characteristics - NATIONAL

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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.

Data set details

Children's social care
Children looked after in England including adoptions
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number
  • Percentage
  • Characteristic
Time period
2019 to 2023

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
Reporting year2023NationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing1 to 4 years641020
Reporting year2023NationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing10 to 15 years444014
Reporting year2023NationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing16 years15705
Reporting year2023NationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing17 years17005
Reporting year2023NationalE92000001EnglandAge on ceasing5 to 9 years367012

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 3 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 children looked after under a series of short-term placements. 
  2. Only the last occasion on which a child ceased to be looked after in the LA during the year has been counted. The care of a small number of children each year is transferred between LAs, in national figures these children will be counted as ceasing once within each LA. For more information see the methodology document.
  3. Period of care refers to a continuous period of being looked after, which may include more than one placement or legal status.
  4. FFA relates to Fostering for Adoption. Foster placements 'not FFA or concurrent planning' include children in long term foster placements.
  5. Category of need is the main category of the eight “need codes” at the time the child started to be looked after.
  6. In 2023, 58% of all children who were stated as ceasing due to other reasons left care on their 18th birthday.
  7. In 2023 there were 13 secure units in England, therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
  8. 'Aged 18 (or over) and remained with current carers' was a new category introduced in 2021. It's likely many of these children were previously reported within the 'care ceased for any other reason'.
  9. '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).

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