Government children's social care statistics

The devolved administrations each have different ways of dealing with data regarding looked-after and accommodated young people.




A guide to looked-after children statistics in England - updated annually

Statistics collection Children looked after in England including adoption 2010 - current

Statistics collection Children in need and child protection 2010 - current

Statistics collection: Children accommodated in secure children's homes 2010 - current

Ofsted Children's social care statistics - inspections (LA map): fostering & adoption: serious incidents

Children looked-after statistics - [DoE archive prior to 2013] 

Children and families statistics in England and Wales - up to 2012 [National archives] 

Children's homes, secure units & supervision orders [National archives]


Northern Ireland;


Children's services in Northern Ireland statistics [DoH]

Children's social care statistics for Northern Ireland 2018/19

Children in care in Northern Ireland  & social care statistics

Children adopted from care in Northern Ireland statistics

Children in need in Northern Ireland statistics

Northern Ireland care leavers statistics from 2012 - current

Children's social care in Northern Ireland statistical tables [2001-2004]

Children's social care in Northern Ireland statistical tables [2004-2011]

Trend data child protection & looked after children in Northern Ireland [1997-2011]

Outcome indicators for looked after children in Northern Ireland 2002 to 2008





Children's social work statistics - looked after children; child protection, accommodated & educational attainment [2010 - current]

Joint inspections of services for children and young people - Scotland

Children's social work statistics archive - Scotland [archive]

Children looked-after in Scotland statistics - [pre-2011]

Children in secure accommodation in Scotland statistics [pre-2011]

Child protection in Scotland statistics [pre-2011]




Children looked after by local authorities in Wales statistical reports

National review of care for children in Wales

National overview report in relation to care experienced children and young people in Wales


Stats Wales provides a variety of raw data sets from 2003 to current, including;

Children looked after in Wales - multiple factors

Adoptions of children in Wales - multiple factors

Care leavers aged 16 and over in Wales - accommodations and leaving care

Educational outcomes at age 16 of young people leaving care in Wales [2003 - 2016]

Employment, education and accommodation of former care leavers aged 19 in Wales [2003 - 2016]

Children in Need in Wales - multiple factors [2002 - 2016] replaced by;

Children receiving care and support in Wales [2017 - current]

Private fostering arrangements in Wales

Child protection and safeguarding in Wales

Miscellaneous data sets - School attendance, exclusions, health, supervision orders, etc. [prior to 2016]



Reference: These are links to documents that you should reference in the (Author, date) style and list as an electronic source.


editors comments

The collection, organisation and publication of data on looked-after and accommodated children and careleavers, is slightly or particularly different, in some or all, of the devolved administrations and this is not helpful for proper academic nor professional practice within this area of social care. The list of data sources above is an example of this. This is compounded by the fact that local authorities do not have a unified data approach to the issue either.

So for a simple summary of UK current data in each of the devolved administrations the following links may be of use;


The Fostering Network - Fostering statistics page and/or

CoramBAAF - Summary statistics on children in care and children adopted page.



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