Children looked after in England (including adoption), year ending 31 March 2017

UK Department for Education

This Statistical First Release (SFR) provides information about looked after children in England for the year ending 31 March 2017, including where they are placed, their legal status, the numbers starting and ceasing to be looked after, and the numbers who go missing or are away from their placement without authorisation.

Figures cover looked after children who were placed for adoption, the number who were adopted and the average time between different stages of the adoption process. The report states that the number of looked after children continues to increase and that the number of adoptions has fallen in the last two years.