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Statistics for 2004

The main findings for children looked after in England in 2003-04 are as follows:

Children looked after at 31 March 2004

  • estimated number - 61,100 children, 1% higher than at 31 March 2003 (60,800) and 24% higher than in 1993-94 (49,500)
  • legal status - 64% under care orders, 31% under single voluntary agreements
  • placement - 68% in foster placements, 13% in children's homes and residential schools, 10% placed with parents
  • stability - 13% had experienced 3 or more placements during the year (indicator A1 of the Performance Assessment Framework)

Children looked after at any time during the year ending 31 March 2004

  • estimated total number - 94,900 (86 per 10,000 children aged under 18)
  • stability - of these 11,300 (12%) were looked after under one or more series of short term placements

Days of care provided during the year ending 31 March 2004

  • social service departments in England provided a total of 22.3 million days of care to looked after children, 7% more than during 1999-00

Children adopted from care during the year ending 31 March 2004

  • of those placements for adoption that ceased during 2003-04, 93% ended in adoption
  • number adopted - 3,700 (compared with 3,500 in 2002-03) or 6% of children looked after at 31 March 2004. This is a 37% increase on 1999-00
  • 79% of looked after children who were adopted in the year ending 31 March 2004 were placed for adoption within 12 months of the best interest decision

Care leavers aged 16 or over during the year ending 31 March 2004

  • the number of care leavers aged 16 or over - 6,700 (compared with 6,600 in 2002-03); the number of which leaving care on their 18th birthday - 3,500 (compared with 3,200 in 2002-03)
  • 2,900 (43%) of care leavers aged 16 or over gained at least 1 GCSE or GNVQ
  • 400 (6%) of care leavers aged 16 or over gained 5 or more GSCEs at grades A* to C
  • councils were in touch with 4,400 (85%) of care leavers on or near their 19th birthdays and 2,800 (55%) were either in education, training or employment

Notes

This is a summary of statistics about young people from care from the DfE Research and Statistics Gateway. Stats from other years are available in the menu below.

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