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Adoptions, outcomes and placements for children looked after by local authorities

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  • Release date: 18 October 2016
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2016
An annual report which presents information on those on care orders and other children provided with accommodation by their local authority.

Key points

  • 5,662 children were looked after on 31 March 2016, an increase of 47 (0.8 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 90 per 10,000 population aged under 18. The number of looked after children has increased by 5 per cent over the last five years, but has remained relatively stable over the last three years.
  • There were 559 children looked after at 31st March 2016 (10 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2015-16.
  • The number of children adopted decreased by 45 (12 per cent) over the previous year.
  • Local authorities were in touch with 93 per cent of 19 year old care leavers; 57(r) per cent of 19 year old care leavers were known to be in education, training or employment.


This report was revised on 18 October 2016 due to an administrative error. 


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