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Number of children looked after in England is up 4 per cent to 78,150

Children ceasing to be looked after due to adoption has fallen by 7 per cent

The number of children looked after in England is up 4 per cent to 78,150 at 31 March 2019. The number of children starting to be looked after during the year is down 2 per cent to 31,680. The figures for the year ended 31 March 2019 have been released by the Department for Education.

At 31 March 2019 children were looked after:

The number of children ceasing to be looked after during the year is down 2 per cent to 29,460. Children ceasing to be looked after during the year due to adoption fell by 7 per cent to 3,570 – this continues the drop seen last year and is down from a peak of 5,360 in 2015.

The average time between entry into care and adoption is 1 year and 11 months, the same as 2018 and down from 2 years and 3 months in 2015 and 2016. The reduction has been at two stages as:

Children ceasing to be looked after through a special guardianship order (SGO) increased by 11 per cent to 3,830. Most SGOs were to relatives or friends – 90 per cent - the remainder were largely to former foster carers – 9 per cent.

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