National Statistics: Number of adoptions in England 2015-16
Friday 7 October 2016

Last week Department for Education released data of looked after children in England including numbers for adoptions for the year April 2015- March 16.

The data collection shows that the number of adoptions has fallen with 12% between 2015 and 2016 and a total of 4,690 children were placed for adoption. This is equivalent to 15 % of the 31,710 children who ceased to be looked after in 2016. This number of adoptions is higher than 2012, but lower than the peak seen in 2015 where 5,360 children was adopted.

For 320 children (1%) the foster carers they were placed with was also approved adopters through the schemes Fostering for Adoption or Concurrent Planning.

In 2016 more boys than girls were adopted and it remains to be a fact that the older the child is, the longer is the average time from when the child enters into care to when he or she is adopted. The average child entered care 2 years and 3 months before he or she was adopted.

The age of the average adopted child also rose slightly from 3 years and 3 months in 2015 to 3 years and 5 months in 2016.

Please click on the link to read the full report.
Children Looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016