AlphabiolabsIQ Legal TrainingHousing Law WeekBerkeley Lifford Hall Accountancy Services

Number of looked after children in Wales decreases slightly

Adoptions increase by 11% in last year

5,617 children in Wales were looked after on 31 March 2015, a decrease of 128 (2.2 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 89 per 10,000 population aged under 18. The number of looked after children has increased by 9 per cent over the last five years, but has remained relatively stable over the last three years. The figures have been released by the Welsh Government.

There were 512 children looked after at 31st March 2015 (9 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2014-15.

The number of children adopted increased by 38 (11 per cent) over the previous year.

Local authorities were in touch with 93 per cent of 19 year old care leavers; 55 per cent of 19 year old care leavers were known to be in education, training or employment.

The release is here.