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Children looked after by local authorities

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  • Release date: 14 December 2017
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2017
  • Next update: October 2018
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

  • 5,954 children were looked after on 31 March 2017, an increase of 290 (5 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 95 per 10,000 population aged under 18.
  • There were 624 children looked after at 31st March 2017 (10 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2016-17.
  • The number of children adopted decreased by 28 (8 per cent) over the previous year.
  • Of the 2,217 children starting to be looked after in 2016-17, 1,381 (62 per cent) were due to abuse or neglect.


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