REVISION to 2010-11 Looked after children data
Please note that all the 2010-11 looked after children statistics presented in this publication, other than those on aftercare and short term placements, have since been revised. The revised 2010-11 data are available here:
Revised time series figures are available here:
The figures quoted below are unrevised.
Chart 1.1 and Table 1.1 shows the number of looked after children, and the rate per 1,000 population aged 0-18 years, by placement type over time.
At 31 July 2011, there were 16,171 children being looked after by local authorities. This represents 15 per 1,000 children of the 0-18 year old population. The number of, and rate per 1,000 population aged 0-18 years has been increasing every year since 2001.
The number of looked after children at 31 July 2011 is at its highest level since 1981.
Chart 1.1 and Table 1.1 show that the number of looked after children by placement type shows that the continuous increase since 2001 is due to increasing numbers of children being looked after in community settings, in particular with foster carers/ prospective adopters, with friends and relatives and other community settings. Part of the upward trend can be attributed to an increase in numbers of children looked after at home, but these numbers have fallen in the past year. Numbers of children looked after in residential care settings have been fairly static over recent years, but have seen a slight downward trend since 2007.
The number of children being looked after by foster carers/ prospective adopters or in other community placements remains at their highest levels on record, whilst the number of children looked after in residential settings showed little change, but remains at its lowest levels of record.
Chart 1.1: Children looked after per 1,000 of 0-18 population by type of placement, March 1987-2009 and July 2010-11
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