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Statistics for 2006

Children looked after

  • 60,300 children were looked after at 31 March 2006, a decrease of 1% on the previous year’s figure of 60,900 but an increase of 1% from 2002.
  • The largest category of placements for children looked after on 31 March 2006 was foster care, accounting for 70% of all placements. The number of children in foster placements has increased by 7% since 2002.
  • 3,200 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children were looked after at 31 March 2006. 63% of the Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children were located in London, with a further 15% located elsewhere in the South East. Since last year, the number of looked after asylum seeking children at 31 March 2006 in London and the South East has fallen by 3% whilst the Midlands and the North have seen a rise of 35%.
  • 65% of the 23,000 children under 16 who have been looked after for 2.5 or more years had been living in the same placement for at least 2 years or were placed for adoption. This is 1% higher than the updated figure for last year (see paragraph 4 in “Notes for Editors”). The Government’s target is that by 2008, 80% of these children will have been living in the same placement for at least 2 years, or are placed for adoption.

Adoptions

  • 3,700 children were adopted in the year ending 31 March 2006. This represents a decrease of 3% since last year.
  • The Government's target for adoptions, included in the Priorities and Planning Framework 2003-06, was to increase by 40% the number of looked after children who were adopted by 2004-05 and to exceed this by achieving, if possible, a 50% increase by 2006, from 1999-00. During 2005-06, 900 more children were adopted than in 1999-00. This represents an increase of 34%.
  • The Government's target, contained in the Priorities and Planning Framework 2003-06, was by 2004-05, to increase the proportion of children looked after who were placed for adoption within 12 months of the decision that adoption is in the child's best interests, to 95% and to maintain this level (95%) up to 2006. From 2000-01 this figure remained stable at around 80% reaching 81% in 2004-05. In 2006 this figure decreased to 77% whilst the proportion of looked after children placed for adoption over 12 months of the decision that adoption is in the child's best interests, increased from 19% in 2005 to 23% in 2006.
  • 64% of children adopted were aged between 1 and 4 (compared with 62% in 2004-05) while 26% were aged between 5 and 9 (compared with 24% in 2004-05). The average age at adoption in 2005-06 was 4 years 1 month and has remained relatively stable over the last five years.

Care leavers

  • More children are tending to stay in care until their 18th birthdays with 55% leaving care aged 18 in 2006 compared with 53% in 2005. There has also been a reduction in the number of children leaving care at age 16, down from 28% in 2005 to 26% in 2006. There has been an increase in the number of children who ceased to be looked after during 2005-06 to 8,100 from 7,600 during 2004-05. This is consistent with the fall in the number of children looked after between 31 March 2005 and 31 March 2006.
  • 43% of the 8,100 children leaving care aged 16 or over during 2005-06 had at least one GCSE or GNVQ on leaving care. This was a slight increase of 2% since last year. When Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children looked after for less than 2 years at the time of leaving care are excluded, along with children who would not have usually sat their exams at the time of leaving care, the equivalent figure is 49%.
  • 7% left care with at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*- C, an increase of 1 percentage point since 2004-05.

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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