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Number of looked after children in Wales has risen by 23% over last five years

Adoptions increase by 5% in last year

The Welsh Government has published its annual report as to adoptions, outcomes and placements for children looked after by local authorities for the year ended 31 March 2014.

There were 5,756 children looked after on 31 March 2014, a decrease of 8 (0.1 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 91 per 10,000 population aged under 18. The number of looked after children has increased by 23 per cent over the last five years, but has remained relatively stable over the last three years.

There were 478 children looked after at 31st March 2014 (8 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2013-14.

The number of children adopted increased by 16 (5 per cent) over the previous year.

Local authorities were in touch with 93 per cent of 19 year old care leavers; 51 per cent of 19 year old care leavers were known to be in education, training or employment.

Comparative figures for England are due to be released by the Department for Education on the 30th September 2014.

The report by the Welsh Government is here.