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.
- 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.
Children looked after by local authorities, April 2017 to March 2018 (experimental statistics)
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