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Statistics: looked-after children

Statistics on children under local authority care at national and local authority level.

Statistics from May 2010 onwards are available on GOV.UK. You can find our archived statistics on the National Archives. Note: the search function is not available on archived content so please use the filters on the left of each page.

A document reviewing the comparability of statistics of children looked after by local authorities in the different countries of the United Kingdom was published on 30 May 2014.

Statistics guidance

Looked-after children

Data on the placement, legal status and number of looked-after children by financial year.

  1. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018
  2. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017
  3. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016
  4. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2014 to 2015
  5. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2013 to 2014
  6. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2012 to 2013
  7. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2011 to 2012
  8. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2010 to 2011
  9. Children looked after in England including adoption: 2009 to 2010
  10. Children missing from home or care: October 2008 to June 2010

Outcomes for looked-after children

Attainment data about children continuously looked after for at least 12 months.

Published 26 September 2013
Last updated 15 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018'.
  2. Added 'Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2017' and statistics guidance.
  3. Added 'Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017'.
  4. Added 'Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2016'.
  5. Added 'Children looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016'.
  6. Added 'Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2015'.
  7. Added 'Children looked after in England including adoption: 2014 to 2015'.
  8. Added outcomes for children looked after by local authorities statistics.
  9. Added 'Children looked after in England, including adoption' (2013 to 2014) document.
  10. Outcomes for children looked after by LAs in England added to the collection.
  11. First published.