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. '-' is used where figures are not yet available or published. 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

 201120122013201420152016
England65,50067,07068,06068,84069,54070,440
Northern Ireland2,5112,6442,8072,8582,8752,890
Scotland*16,23116,24816,04115,58015,404-
Wales5,3905,7215,7645,7565,6175,662
Total89,63291,69792,72793,03493,436-

Adoptions from Care

 201120122013201420152016
England3,1003,4704,0105,0505,3304,690
Northern Irelandnot published60888972-
Scotland*264272297337--
Wales254246329345383340
Total-4,0474,7245,821--

Latest Data

Year ending 31st March 2016 (England), 31st March 2016 (Northern Ireland & Wales) or 31st July 2015 (Scotland)

Foster Care Placements

England51,850
Northern Ireland2,212
Scotland5,478
Wales4,262
Total63,802

Number of Children Entering Care

England32,050
Northern Ireland844
Scotland4,198
Wales2,033
Total38,145

Number of Children Leaving Care

England31,710
Northern Ireland825
Scotland4,367
Wales2,159
Total38,451

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

England and Wales5,206
Northern Ireland130
Scotland-
Total-