This release includes data and analysis of where all children looked after by local authorities in England were placed as at 31 March 2013.
The data comes from a new data collection we conducted in July 2013. The collection was a voluntary process for local authorities: all 152 authorities returned data.
Local authorities provided placement data and we matched this data to Ofsted inspection judgement data.
The combined data enable local authorities to informs discussion – for example around commissioning arrangements and outcomes for children looked after – as well as benchmarking against comparators.
We have used the data to informs inspections of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers which began in November 2013.
This is the first time we have published a statistics release on this data collection.