Statistics: UK


Each country in the UK publishes their data in different formats and at different times of the year. Unless otherwise stated the latest available figures from each country have been used to compile the following summary statistics on children in care and adoption for the UK. 'n/a' is used where figures are not yet available. Note that the figures for children in public care in Scotland include children looked after at home, and so are not directly comparable with figures for the rest of the UK. 

For further details and links to source documents please visit the statistics page for the relevant country: England | Northern Ireland | Scotland | Wales.

 

Trends

Number of Children Looked After

 20112012201320142015
England65,50067,07068,06068,84069,540
Northern Ireland2,5112,6442,8072,858n/a
Scotland*16,23116,24816,04115,580n/a
Wales5,3905,7215,7645,7565,617
Total89,63291,69792,72793,034n/a

Adoptions from Care

 20112012201320142015
England3,1003,4704,0105,0505,330
Northern Irelandnot published60888972
Scotland*264272297337n/a
Wales254246329345385
Totaln/a4,0474,7245,821n/a


Data for year ending 31st March 2014 (England, Northern Ireland & Wales) or 31st July 2014 (Scotland)

Foster Care Placements

England51,340
Northern Ireland2,156
Scotland5,533
Wales4,407
Total63,436

Number of Children Entering Care

England30,430
Northern Ireland910
Scotland4,292
Wales2,004
Total37,636

Number of Children Leaving Care

England30,430
Northern Ireland798
Scotland4,676
Wales2,007
Total37,911

Adoption Orders (includes adoptions by step-parents and relatives)

England and Wales5,206
Northern Ireland130
Scotlandn/a
Totaln/a