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Information on children on care orders and in placements, adoptions from care and numbers of children and young persons leaving care for April 2018 to March 2019.

Main points

  • 6,846 children were looked after on 31 March 2019, an increase of 439 (7%) on the previous year and a rate of 109 per 10,000 population aged under 18.
  • 2,125 children started to be looked after in 2018-19, a decrease of 43 (2%) compared with the previous year.
  • 1,678 children left care during the year 2018-19, a decrease of 49 (3%) compared with the previous year.
  • 309 children were adopted from care in 2018-19, an increase of 3 (1%) on the previous year.


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