Department for Education written question – answered at on 2 November 2017.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many adoptions have broken down in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Education)

I am sorry, but the department does not collect data on adoption breakdowns.

Information on children who started to be looked after and previously had permanent arrangement was collected for the first time in 2014. These figures are published in table C1 of the statistical release Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017 at

Beyond the Adoption Order published in 2014, found that over a 12-year period the national adoption disruption rate was 3.2%, indicating that 3 in 100 adoptions was disrupted over a 12-year period.

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