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Children looked after by local authorities

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  • Release date: 22 November 2018
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2018
  • Next update: September 2019
An annual report including information on children on care orders and in placements. Data also covers adoptions from care and numbers of children and young persons leaving care.

Key points

  • 6,407 children were looked after on 31 March 2018, an increase of 464 (8 per cent) on the previous year and a rate of 102 per 10,000 population aged under 18.
  • Of the 2,162 children starting to be looked after in 2017-18, 1,386 (64 per cent) were due to abuse or neglect.
  • There were 647 (10 per cent) children looked after at 31 March 2018 who had three or more placements in 2017-18.
  • There were 308 children adopted from care in 2017-18, a decrease of 7 (2 per cent) on the previous year.


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