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

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  • Release date: 27 March 2014
  • Period covered: Year ending 31 March 2013
  • Next update: 24 September 2014
An annual report which presents information on those on care orders and other children provided with accommodation by their local authority.

Key points

  • 5,769 children were looked after on 31 March 2013, a slight increase of 48 (0.8 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 91 per 10,000 population aged under 18. The number of looked after children has increased by 23 per cent over the last five years.
  • There were 546 children looked after at 31 March 2013 (9 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2012-13.
  • The number of children adopted increased by 81 (33 per cent) over the previous year.
  • Local authorities were in touch with 93 per cent of 19 year old care leavers; 52 per cent of 19 year old care leavers were known to be in education, training or employment.


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