Statistics - national statistics

Children looked after by local authorities in England, including adoption

This release provides statistics on looked-after children at a national level.

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Main text: SFR20/2012

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National tables: SFR20/2012

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Local authority tables: SFR20/2012

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Underlying data: SFR20/2012

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Detail

Reference Id: SFR20/2012

Publication type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Local authority data

Local authority data: LA data

Region: England

Release date: 25 September 2012

Coverage status: Final

Publication status: Published

This statistical first release (SFR) provides information about looked-after children in England for the year ending 31 March 2012. The figures are based on data from the SSDA903 return collected from all local authorities. Additional analysis was added on 12 December 2012.

Key points

  • There were 67,050 looked-after children at 31 March 2012, an increase of 2% compared to 31 March 2011 and an increase of 13% compared to 31 March 2008.
  • Of children looked after at 31 March 2012, 50,260 were cared for in a foster placement. This represents 75% of all children looked after at 31 March 2012.
  • There were 28,220 children who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2012. This represents an increase of 3% from the previous year’s figure of 27,500 and an increase of 21% from 2008.
  • There were 27,350 children who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2012. This is a small increase of 1% from 2011 and an increase of 12% from 2008.
  • There were 3,450 looked after children adopted during the year ending 31 March 2012. This was the highest figure since 2007 and an increase of 12% from the 2011 figure.

Looked-after children data user group

This is group which aims to seek feedback on whether these statistics are meeting users’ requirements and to consult on any future changes to this data collection and the timing and format of our outputs. If you would like to participate in this group then please register your interest via email.

Julie Glenndenning
01325 735611

julie.glenndenning@education.gsi.gov.uk

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