Reporting year 2023

Children looked after in England including adoptions

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Introduction

This release provides information on children looked after (CLA) in England, including numbers of CLA adopted, care leavers and CLA who were missing from their placement. Data is taken from the annual SSDA903 data collection which is collected from local authorities in England.

The latest statistics relate to the year ending 31 March 2023 and comparisons are to the year ending 31 March 2022 unless otherwise stated. Each year local authorities can revise previous years' data. The standard period for data in this release is for the year ending 31 March 2019 to the year ending 31 March 2023.


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CLA on 31 March

In 2023, the number of children looked after (CLA) by local authorities in England rose to 83,840, up 2% on last year, continuing the steady rise seen in recent years. This is a rate of 71 CLA per 10,000 children.

Number of children looked after on 31 March, 2019 to 2023, England

Year20192020202120222023
Number of children looked after78,14080,00080,77082,08083,840
Annual change.+1,860+780+1,310+1,760
Annual percentage change +2%+1%+2%+2%

Source: SSDA903

Numbers and rates per 10,000 children vary widely across local authorities, for example Blackpool has the highest rate at 191 CLA per 10,000 children and Merton has the lowest at 26 CLA per 10,000 children.

Characteristics

Characteristics of CLA are broadly similar to last year, however many of the changes we are seeing are as a result of the increase in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC). UASC are a distinct cohort with specific characteristics, for example they are generally male, aged 16+ years.

Males account for 57% of children, females account for 43%. Males are slightly over-represented in the CLA population (compared to 51% in the overall child population - as shown in the latest ONS mid-year population estimates).

Children from Mixed ethnic groups were over-represented and children from Asian ethnic groups were under- represented in the numbers of CLA. Children of White ethnicity account for 71% of CLA, 10% were Mixed or Multiple ethnic groups, 7% Black, African, Caribbean or Black British, 5% were Asian or Asian British, 5% other ethnicities, and ethnicity was not known or not yet recorded for 1%.

CLA are predominantly older however whilst the number of CLA has increased, the proportion of CLA in each age group has been relatively stable over the last five years.

Reasons for being looked after

When a child is assessed by children's services their primary need is recorded. This list is hierarchical and where more than one need is identified then the need ‘highest’ up the list is reported. Reasons for being looked after include the following:

  • as a result of or because they were at risk of abuse or neglect - 54,810 children (65%) - the most common reason identified 
  • primarily due to living in a family where the parenting capacity is chronically inadequate (family dysfunction) - 10,570 (13%)
  • due to there being no parents available to provide for the child (absent parenting) - 7,290 (9%)
  • due to living in a family that is going through a temporary crisis that diminishes the parental capacity to adequately meet some of the children’s needs (family being in acute stress) - 6,160 (7%)
  • due to the child’s or parent’s disability or illness - 4,010 (5%)
  • due to low income or socially unacceptable behaviour – 1,000 (1%)

The proportion of CLA reported within each primary need has been broadly stable over the last five years, The largest change since last year has been in ‘Absent parenting’ which has risen by 1,470, largely due to the increase in UASC, most of whom are reported within this group. 

Legal status

Information is collected on the legal status underlying being 'looked-after' , which helps to describe why the child is being looked after. These include:

  • a care order - a court order placing a child in the care or supervision of a local authority
  • a voluntary agreement - this allows the local authority to provide accommodation for a child where there's parental consent, or when no-one with parental responsibility is in place
  • a placement order - a court order allowing a local authority to place a child for adoption
  • detained for child protection reasons
  • detained under youth justice legal statuses

In 2023, most CLA were looked after under a care order (76%, down from 78%).  There has been an increase in both the number and proportion of children looked after under voluntary arrangements; 19% of CLA were looked after under voluntary agreements this year, up from 17%. Much of this increase is due to the increase in UASC, who are usually voluntarily accommodated.

CLA under a placement order continue to fall, down 4%, to 4,350 children.

Placements

The majority of CLA are placed in foster placements, where an approved carer looks after the child. The number and proportion of CLA in foster placements have decreased slightly, when compared to last year. CLA were placed:

  • in foster placements - 68% - down slightly from 70%
  • in secure units, children's homes or semi-independent living accommodation (for example hostels, lodgings or flats where staff are employed to provide support and advice) - 17% - up slightly from 16%
  • with parents or other person with parental responsibility - 7% - same as last year
  • for adoption - 2% - down from 3% 
  • in the community, living independently, or in residential employment - 3% - up from 2% 
  • in other residential settings (including care homes, schools or custody) - 2% - up from 1% 

The proportions of CLA in each type of placement are broadly similar over the last five years. The main changes are a slight decrease in CLA placed in foster placements (71% in 2019 to 68% in 2023) and an increase in children placed in semi-independent living accommodation (4% in 2019 to 8% in 2023).

Foster placements

In recent years, the overall number of CLA placed in foster placements have been increasing however this year there has been a slight decrease. Children placed in foster placements are down to 57,020 from 57,210 last year.

This is largely due to a slight decrease in children being placed with other foster carers, who aren't relatives or friends (down 520 children since last year). However, both the number and proportion of children in foster placements with a relative or friend has been increasing - to 12,920 (23% of foster placements) this year.

Foster placements can be with a relative or friend, or another carer - the proportion of foster placements that are with relatives or friends has been increasing each year.

Year20192020202120222023
Number of CLA in foster placements

55,760

56,960

57,000

57,210

57,020

Year on year change

.

+1,200

+40

+210

-190

Percentage (of all CLA) in foster placements

71%

71%

71%

70%

68%

Number of CLA in foster placements with a relative or friend

10,450

11,580

12,430

12,590

12,920

Year on year change

.

+1,140

+850

+160

+340

Percentage (of CLA in foster placements) in a foster placement with a relative or friend

19%

20%

22%

22%

23%

Unregulated placements 

The number of children placed in unregulated placements (i.e. semi-independent living or living independently) has increased by 20% from 7,500 to 8,980. This represents 11% of all CLA in these placements - up from 9%.

The majority of this increase is in children placed in semi-independent living accommodation, up 22% from 5,490 to 6,680; children living independently increased by 14% from 2,010 to 2,300.

Locality of placements

Local authorities have a general duty to provide accommodation that is within the local authorities' area, that meets the needs of the child and allows the child to live near their home. 

The same proportion of placements this year were inside the council boundary as last year - 56% of all CLA placements, down from 58% in 2020 and 2019.  

The majority of CLA were still placed within 20 miles of home, 70%, however this has decreased from 73% in 2021. 21% were placed over 20 miles from home. Information for the remaining 9% was not known or not recorded - in most cases this will be because the child was UASC, but it could also be because the home address was not known or for reasons of confidentiality. 

As might be expected, location of placement varies by type of placement - children placed for adoption are the most likely to be placed over 20 miles from home (51%). Children placed with parents (92%) or in a foster placements (76%) are most likely to be placed 20 miles or less from home.

Further information on CLA on 31 March can be found in the ‘A’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC)

UASC are children, who have applied for asylum in their own right and are separated from both parents and/or any other responsible adult. Local authorities have a legal duty to provide accommodation for these children.

There are 1,630 more UASC than last year (29%), and this follows a 37% increase in the year prior, meaning a 42% increase on pre-pandemic 2019 figures.

Characteristics of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

UASC are a distinct group of CLA and currently represent around 9% of all CLA, up from 7% (which was the same as in 2019). 

UASC are generally male - 96% - which has increased from 90% in 2019. The increase in UASC is almost all due to the increase in males.

UASC are also generally older - only 14% were aged under 16 years (compared to 74% of all CLA). 

88% of UASC have a primary need of 'Absent parenting' - 7% were in need due to abuse or neglect and 4% due to the family being in acute stress.

UASC tend to present themselves at points of entry into the country. Since February 2022 there has been a mandated national transfer scheme in place to enable the safe transfer of unaccompanied children between local authorities across the country to help ensure that unaccompanied children have access to services and support they need. Prior to this, the scheme was voluntary. Kent (445 young people), Hampshire (239) and Manchester (172) looked after the largest number of UASC in 2023.

The ethnicity of UASC has been changing - the largest group are from ‘Other ethnic groups’ and this has been increasing - 44% in 2023 up from 35% in 2019. (Note: ‘Other ethnic groups’ include some people from the Middle East, North Africa and the Far East - more detail can be found in the Appendix 4 of the CLA data collection guide). Over the same period, the proportion who were Black, African, Caribbean or Black British has been decreasing, down to 21% this year from 23% and down from 33% in 2019. The majority of these young people are of Black African ethnicity. 

Placements of unaccompanied asylum seeking children

Placements of UASC have been published in this release for the first time this year and show the proportion of UASC placed in semi-independent settings has been increasing whilst UASC placed in foster placements and living independently have been decreasing.

Almost half (45%) of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children were placed in semi-independent settings; this is up from 24% in 2019. Foster carers look after 38% (down from 50% in 2019) and 16% live independently (down from 25% in 2019).

CLA starting during the year

Counts of the number of children starting to be looked after during the year (CLA starting) relate to the first time the child started to be looked after during the year.

The number of CLA starting during the year has increased by 6% compared to last year, to 33,000. 

Much of this increase in CLA starting is due to the increase in UASC who now represent 21% of CLA starting during the year (up from 12% in 2019). The number of non-UASC CLA starting has been stable in the last three years. 

The increase in CLA starting has been in the older age groups (children starting aged 16 years and over were up by 14% and aged 10 to 15 years were up 8%) and male (up 8%).

CLA starting to be looked after during the year, by age, 2022 and 2023

Age20222023Yearly changeProportion of CLA starting in 2023
Total CLA starting

31,090

33,000

+1,910

100%

Under 1 year

5,420

5,450

+30

17%

Aged 1-4 years

4,770

4,840

+70

15%

Aged 5-9 years

4,720

4,730

+10

14%

Aged 10-15 years

8,260

8,910

+650

27%

Aged 16+ years

7,930

9,070

+1,140

27%

56% were initially looked after under a voluntary agreement under S20 of the Children Act 1989, however a child's legal status is likely to change during their period of care.

A small proportion of CLA starting during the year were known to have previously had a permanence arrangement - 620 children. These children were known to have previously been adopted (1%), been the subject of a special guardianship order (1%) or been the subject of a residence order or child arrangement order (less than 0.5%).

Further information on CLA starting can be found in the ‘C’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

Placement stability

The number of placements experienced by CLA in a one-year period has remained broadly stable over the past 5 years with a slight increase in stability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

High placement instability

1 in 10 children experienced high placement instability (3 or more placements) - 10% - broadly stable from 10% in 2022 and 11% in 2019 (figures based on unrounded numbers).

A lower proportion of CLA experience high placement instability when focusing on those who have been in care for 12 months or more (9%) compared to those who have been in care for less than 12 months (12%).

Characteristics of CLA with high placement instability

Legal status and placement type of CLA with high placement instability

CLA who were initially detained for child protection reasons had the highest proportion experiencing high placement instability (23%). This was followed by CLA who were detained under youth justice legal statuses (16%). CLA whose first legal status in the year was a placement order were the least likely to experience high placement instability (5%). Proportions are similar to those seen last year.

Placements which don't fall into the main placement categories are grouped within 'Other placement'. These tend to be placements by the courts (s38(6)) with a relative or non-assessed person, placements with other unregistered carers or unregulated placements (for example whilst awaiting availability of an alternative placement, if it's in the child's best interests or the child's choice). 

CLA whose first placement in the year was ‘Other placement’ experienced the highest placement instability - 24%, up from 17% last year. This was followed by those with a first placement of ‘Other residential settings’ (including care homes, schools or custody). High placement instability was experienced by 9% of CLA whose first placement in the year was a foster placement - unchanged from last year.

Long-term placement stability

The number of placements experienced by CLA over a two-year period has decreased over the past 5 years - 55% of CLA stayed in the same placement during the previous 2 years, increasing from 52% in 2019. 

Of those CLA aged under 16 on 31 March who had been looked after continuously for at least 2.5 years, 69% had lived in the same placement for at least 2 years.

Further information on placement stability can be found in the ‘P’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

Conviction and health outcomes

Figures in this section relate to the 58,570 CLA on 31 March who had been CLA for at least 12 months in the year ending 31 March 2023 unless otherwise stated. 

Definitions and explanations of the information collected can be found in the CLA data collection guide and in the footnotes of the table below.

Offending rates 

Information in this section on offending rates is collected for children aged 10 years or over – 40,450 children in 2023. 

Of these 40,450 children, 2% were convicted or were subject to youth cautions or youth conditional cautions during the year - the same as last year and down slightly from 3% in 2019. 

Older children are more likely to offend - 4% of those aged 16 or 17 years - the same as last year but down from 7% in 2019.

Males are more likely to offend than females - 3% of males were convicted or subject to youth cautions or youth conditional cautions during the year compared to 1% of females - a similar pattern to previous years.

Substance Misuse 

3% of CLA were identified as having a substance misuse problem which is the same as last year and down slightly from 4% in 2019. 

Substance misuse is slightly more common in males (3%) than females (2%) - both similar to last year. 

An intervention was received for 40% of children who were identified as having a substance misuse problem, down from 43% last year and down from 46% in 2019. Interventions may include for example, advice and guidance, therapeutic support or support targeting the problems that are causing difficulties for the young person, like family contact, placement stability, school attendance or the young person's mental health.

Health and development outcomes

Most CLA are up to date with their health care and immunisations: 

  • The percentage up to date with their annual health assessment has remained broadly stable for the last 5 years at 89%.
  • The percentage with their immunisations up to date has decreased to 82%, from 85% last year and 87% in 2019. This could be due to the increase in UASC last year, where UASC have not yet caught up with childhood vaccinations. 
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic the percentage of CLA having had their teeth checked by a dentist fell to 40%; this improved to 70% last year and in 2023 is 76%, however this is still below the pre-pandemic level of 86%.

88% of under 5s were reported as having development assessments up to date which is similar to recent years.

 Emotional and behavioural health (SDQ scores) 

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) scores The SDQ is a behavioural screening questionnaire. Its primary purpose is to give social workers and health professionals information about a child’s wellbeing. A score of 0 to 13 is considered normal, 14 to 16 is borderline, and 17 to 40 is a cause for concern. 

For CLA aged 5 to 16 years (43,390 children), an SDQ score was reported for 75% of them. This is down from 77% last year, and down from 78% reported in 2019. The average score reported was 14.4 - up from 13.8 last year and slightly up on the 14.2 reported in 2019. 

Of these 43,390 children:

  • 47% had ‘normal’ emotional and behavioural health (down from 51%)
  • 13% had ‘borderline’ scores (up from 12%)
  • 40% had scores which were a cause for concern (up from 37%).

In 2023, 42% of males had a score which was a cause for concern compared to 37% of females. Across almost all ages, males are more likely to have scores which were a cause for concern; except for children aged 16-years. 

Children missing or away from placement without authorisation

Missing is defined as a looked after child who is not at their placement or a place they are expected to be and their whereabouts is not known.

Away from placement without authorisation is defined as a looked after child whose whereabouts is known but who is not at their placement or place they are expected to be and the carer has concerns or the incident has been notified to the local authority or the police.

Note: These figures are published as OFFICIAL STATISTICS. We do not recommend users make comparisons between local authorities or across years due to difference in reporting practices. This information was collected this way for the first time in 2015. However, an increasing number of local authorities are not using the away without authorisation category, to align their figures with information collected locally by the police. This means they will be reporting both their missing and away without authorisation incidents as missing. We anticipate figures for missing are over reported by about 11%. See the methodology document for further details.

Missing incidents were reported for 12,740 of CLA (11%) in 2023 and there were 81,890 missing incidents. This is an average (mean) of 6.4 missing incidents per child who went missing. The vast majority (90%) of missing incidents lasted for 2 days or less. 

Almost two thirds of missing incidents were from ‘secure units, children’s homes and semi-independent living arrangements’, however this is likely because more older children are placed in these settings and older children are more likely to go missing. 22% of missing incidents were from foster placements and 9% were CLA who were living independently. 

Placements inside the local authority boundary accounted for 57% of all missing incidents.

Away without authorisation incidents were reported for 2% of CLA (2,640 children).

Further information on CLA who were missing or who were away from placement without authorisation can be found in the ‘G’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

CLA ceasing during the year

Counts of the number of children ceasing to be looked after during the year (CLA ceasing) relate to the last time the child ceased to be looked after during the year.

The number of CLA ceasing during the year increased by 5% since last year to 31,680. 

Of those ceasing to be looked after, 39% ceased on their 18th birthday compared to 32% in 2019, and 5% were aged under 1 year compared to 8% in 2019.

Reasons for ceasing to be looked after

The most common reasons for children and young people leaving care were:

  • 17% returned home to live with parents as part of the care planning process
  • 15% left aged 18 years and remained with their current carers
  • 12% ceased to be looked after through a special guardianship order
  • 12% moved into independent living (with support)
  • 9% were adopted

Duration of period of care for CLA ceasing during the year

A quarter (26%) of CLA ceasing had been looked after for under 6 months, down from 31% in 2019. 

The average duration of the period of care for children ceasing to be looked after has been decreasing since a peak of 907 days in 2021, and is now at 880 days.

Further information on CLA ceasing during the year can be found in the ‘D’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

Adoptions and special guardianship orders (SGOs)

CLA who were adopted

The number of CLA who were adopted decreased since last year by 2% to 2,960. 

Last year there was a small increase (4%) following a large decrease of 17% during the pandemic, which was a result of the impact on court proceedings during the pandemic where cases progressed more slowly or were paused. 

Adoptions rose sharply from 2011 to a peak in 2015 but have since been falling. This decrease follows two court rulings in 2013, which stated that adoption orders should be made only when there was no other alternative, such as placing a child with birth relatives. 

On average, it takes 2 years and 5 months for a child to be adopted and this time has been increasing, up from 2 years 3 months last year and 2 years in 2019. 

In 2023, the average time between a child entering care and being placed for adoption was 1 year and 7 months, up from 1 year 6 months last year. It then takes a further 10 months on average for an adoption order to be granted and completed.

The average age of a child at adoption is 3 years and 5 months, up from 3 years 3 months last year and up from 3 years 2 months in 2019. 

CLA who left care as the subject of a special guardianship order (SGO)

The number of CLA ceasing during the year under a Special guardianship order (SGO) decreased by 2% to 3,840. Most SGOs were granted to relatives or friends (89%) the remainder were largely to other former foster carers (9%). 

The average age at SGO decreased from last year by 2 months to 6 years and 2 months.

Further information on CLA ceasing due to adoption or through being the subject of an SGO can be found in the ‘E’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

17 to 21 year old care leavers

Data collected on care leavers

Local authorities provide information about children who were previously looked after, who turned 17 to 21 in the year. These were CLA for at least 13 weeks after their 14th birthday, including some time after their 16th birthday.  The information provided relates to contact around their birthday in the year.

‘In touch’

Local authorities are expected to stay in touch with care leavers and provide statutory support to help the care leaver transition to living independently. The proportion of care leavers whom the local authority is in touch with varies by age and has generally been increasing across all ages except 17-year-olds. As these young people are less likely to be in touch with the local authority, less information is known about their activity and accommodation as a care leaver.

Activity

Information is collected on the activity that most accurately reflects the young person's main activity status on or around their birthday and figures are in the table below.

For 19- to 21- year-olds 27% were in education (6% higher education, 21% education other than higher education); 38% were not in education, employment or training (NEET), compared to around 13% of all young people aged 19 to 21 years old (Source: Labour force survey data, percentage of young people aged 19 to 21 in England who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) during the year ending 31 March 2023)

Accommodation of former care leavers 

As former care leavers get older, they tend to transition into more independent living arrangements. The most common living arrangements (on or around their birthday) were:

  • For 17-year-old care leavers 49% were living with parents, 3% were in semi-independent transitional accommodation and 6% were in custody. Accommodation information was not known for 33% of 17-year-old care leavers.
  • For 18-year-old care leavers 36% were in semi-independent transitional accommodation, 18% were with former foster carers, 11% were living with parents or relatives and 9% were in independent living . Accommodation information was not known for 5% of 18-year-old care leavers.
  • For 19- to 21-year-old care leavers 35% were living independently, 18% were living in semi-independent transitional accommodation, 11% were living with parents or relatives and 9% were living with former foster carers. Accommodation information was not known for 6% of 19- to 21-year-old care leavers.

Accommodation suitability

Information on whether care leaver accommodation is suitable can be used to monitor whether they are receiving the support they need to make a successful transition to adulthood. However, there are no hard and fast rules on whether accommodation is deemed ‘suitable’; the decision made by local authorities when reporting accommodation information will depend on the circumstances of the individual case. 

The proportions of young people known to be in unsuitable accommodation are in the table.

“Staying Put”

The number and proportion of 18-year-olds in a foster placement, who ceased to be looked after on their 18th birthday and who were still living with their former foster carers 3 months after their 18th birthday (‘staying put’) decreased slightly to 61% in 2023 from 62% last year and 57% in 2019. The number of 19- and 20-year-olds still living with their foster carers increased slightly to 32% (from 31% last year).

Care leavers who were formerly UASC

For former care leavers aged 19-21-years, an increasing number and proportion were formerly UASC. This increase is due to the relatively high number of UASC since 2015 moving through the age groups and who are now care leavers. 

Further information on care leavers can be found in the ‘F’ highlight tables accompanying this release.

22- to 25-year-old care leavers

Data was collected for the first time in 2023 on care leavers aged 22- to 25-years-old who had been in touch with their local authority and who had requested and received support. We believe the data collected may be an undercount of the full cohort, particularly for the older care leavers, so users should take this into account when using this data. We suspect the number of 24-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 3% and 25-year-olds could be undercounted by up to 10% (when comparing to the number of 20- and 21-year-old care leavers reported in 2019).

Care leavers are assigned a Personal Advisor who will work with the young person to make sure they receive the care, support and entitlements they need when they leave care. Care leavers will have a Personal Advisor until they are at least 21 years old, and up to the age of 25 years if the care leaver chooses.

Whereas for care leavers aged 21 years and younger, the local authority is expected to initiate contact with the care leaver, they are not expected to be in touch and initiate contact with young people over age 21. This data is collected and reported (on their latest contact during the year) to record the numbers of older care leavers who are accessing their entitlement to request support and to better understand their activity and accommodation status.

The data shows that 51% of care leavers aged 22 years requested and received support from their local authority at some point during the year. This proportion decreases as age increases.

Further information on the activity and accommodation of 22- to 25-year-old care leavers who had requested and received support from the local authority can be found in the ‘J' highlight tables accompanying this release.

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Previous publications on children looked after, for 2019 and earlier, can be found on GOV.UK at: Statistics - looked after children. Links to other related statistical publications on children's social care can be found in the methodology document that accompanies this release.

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