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Statistics for 2008

Children looked after

  • There were 59,500 children looked after at 31 March 2008, 1 per cent fewer than last year's figure of 60,000 and a decrease of 3 per cent compared to 2004 (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 2008 were of White British origin (74 per cent). Their number and percentage has decreased over the last 5 years from 46,300 (76 per cent) in 2004 to 43,900 (74 per cent) in 2008. The breakdown by the different ethnic groups has remained similar since 2004.
  • At 31 March 2008, 37,200 children were looked after under a care order which represents 63 per cent of all legal statuses. This is a decrease of 4 per cent from last year's figure of 38,600 and a decrease of 6 per cent from 2004 (39,700). 6 per cent of children were looked after under a placement order.
  • 42,300 children looked after at 31 March 2008 were in a foster placement (71 per cent). This is an increase of 1 per cent on the previous year's figure of 42,100 and an increase of 3 per cent from 2004 (41,200).

Adoptions

  • 3,200 children looked after were adopted during the year ending 31 March 2008. This represents a 5 per cent decrease from the previous year's figure of 3,300 and a 16 per cent decrease from the 2003-04 figure of 3,800.
  • The number of children looked after who were under 1 year old at adoption decreased over the last 5 years from 220 in 2003-04 to 120 in 2007-08.
  • The percentage of children looked after who were adopted that were of white ethnic origin decreased over the past 5 years from 86 per cent in 2003-04 to 83 per cent in 2007-08, whereas the percentage of mixed ethnic origin children looked after who were adopted increased over the same period from 9 per cent in 2003-04 to 11 per cent in 2007-08.
  • Before being adopted in 2007-08, 9 per cent of children were looked after under a freed for adoption final legal status, 23 per cent were looked after under a care order and 61 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 2007-08 was 2 years and 7 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 6,900 in 2003-04 to 8,300 in 2007-08.
  • 61 per cent of these children ceased to be looked after on their 18th birthday, 24 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 71 per cent to 62 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 2003-04 to 5 per cent in 2007-08 and from 6 per cent in 2003-04 to 9 per cent in 2007-08, although the percentage of African origin dropped by 1 percentage point from last year's figures.
  • Before ceasing to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2008, 3,200 children aged 16 and over were in a foster placement (39 per cent), 2,100 in secure units, children's homes and hostels (25 per cent) and 1,900 were placed in the community (23 per cent).
  • In 2007-08, 47 per cent of these children had at least 1 GSCE or GNVQ (3,900) and 7 per cent of the 8,300 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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