National statistics

Children looked after in England including adoption: 2017 to 2018

Information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2017 to 2018.

Applies to England



This statistical release provides information about looked-after children in England for the year ending 31 March 2018.

The figures are based on data from the children looked after return (also known as SSDA903) collected from all local authorities.

Looked-after children statistics team


Telephone: Justin Ushie 01325 340817

Published 15 November 2018
Last updated 13 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated metadata document and 3 files in underlying data zip to obtain consistency between files. Document added in zip detailing changes to underlying data format since 2016 to 2017 release.

  2. Updated tab LAF2a in documents 'Local authority tables: children looked after in England including adoption 2017 to 2018' to correct figures for York.

  3. First published.