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Number of looked-after children continues to increase, while number of adoptions falls

Sep 29, 2018, 21:42 PM
looked-after children, adoption, family law, care
The Department for Education has published information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2016 to 2017.
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The Department for Education has published information on looked-after children at both national and local authority levels for the financial year 2016 to 2017.


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The latest data show that the number of looked-after children has increased steadily over the past 9 years. At 31 March 2017, there were 72,670 looked-after children, an increase of 3% on 2016.

The number of children starting to be looked after in 2016-17 has also risen in recent years and has increased by 2% compared with the previous year.

The number of children ceasing to be looked after in 2016-17 has fallen by 2% compared with the previous year.

Adoptions have fallen for a second year, down from a peak in 2015. The number of looked after children ceasing to be looked after due to adoption increased between  2011 and 2015 from 3,100 to a peak of 5,360. 

Last year, the number of adoptions fell for the first time since 2011, by 12% and in 2017 the number of looked-after children adopted have fallen again, by 8% to 4,350.

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