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Statistics for 2007

Children looked after

  • 60,000 children were looked after at 31 March 2007 which is broadly the same as the previous year's figure of 60,300 and a decrease of 2 per cent from 2003 (61,200).
  • Overall, the main reason why social services first engaged with these children looked after was because of abuse or neglect (62 per cent). This percentage has changed little over the past 5 years.
  • Most children looked after at 31 March 2007 were of White British origin. Their number and percentage has decreased over the last 5 years from 47,300 (77 per cent) in 2003 to 44,700 (74 per cent) in 2007.
  • At 31 March 2007, 38,600 children were looked after under a care order which represents 64 per cent of all legal statuses. This is a decrease of 2 per cent from last year's figure of 39,500 and a decrease of 5 per cent from 2003 (40,500). 4 per cent of children were looked after under a placement order.
  • 42,300 children looked after at 31 March 2007 were in a foster placement (71 per cent). This is an increase of 2 per cent on the previous year's figure of 41,700 and an increase of 3 per cent from 2003 (41,000).

Adoptions

  • 3,300 children looked after were adopted during the year ending 31 March 2007. This represents an 11 per cent decrease from the previous year's figure of 3,700 and a 7 per cent decrease from the 2003 figure of 3,500.
  • The number of children looked after who were under 1 year old at adoption decreased over the last 5 years from 220 in 2003 to 150 in 2007.
  • The percentage of children looked after who were adopted that were of white ethnic origin decreased over the past 5 years from 87 per cent in 2003 to 85 per cent in 2007, whereas the percentage of mixed ethnic origin children looked after who were adopted increased over the same period from 8 per cent in 2003 to 10 per cent in 2007.
  • Before being adopted in 2007, 38 per cent of these children were looked after under a freed for adoption final legal status, 36 per cent were looked after under a care order and 19 per cent were looked after under a placement order.
  • The average duration of the final period of care that children looked after had before being adopted in 2007 was 2 years and 8 months. This has changed little over the past 5 years.

Care leavers

  • The number of children aged 16 years and over who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March increased from 6,700 in 2003 to 8,200 in 2006 and decreased to 8,000 in 2007.
  • 58 per cent of these children ceased to be looked after on their 18th birthday, 25 per cent ceased to be looked after aged 16 years.
  • The percentage of children aged 16 and over who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March of white British ethnic origin decreased from 73 per cent to 60 per cent over the last 5 years whereas the percentage of those from other Asian backgrounds and of African ethnic origin increased respectively from 1 per cent in 2003 to 5 per cent in 2007 and from 6 per cent in 2003 to 10 per cent in 2007.
  • Before ceasing to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2007, 3,100 children aged 16 and over were in a foster placement (38 per cent), 2,100 in secure units, children's homes and hostels (27 per cent) and 1,800 were placed in the community (23 per cent).
  • In 2006-07, 44 per cent of these children had at least 1 GSCE or GNVQ (3,500) and 7 per cent of the 8,000 children obtained at least 5 GCSEs at grade A* to C.

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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