Adoption

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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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 adoption placements were completed in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of looked after children who were adopted from care in each of the last 10 years is given in the table below and can be found in Table H1 of the statistical release ‘Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017’ which is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2016-to-2017.

Children looked after who were adopted during the years ending 31 March1,2,3

Years ending 31 March 2008 to 2017

England

Year

Number adopted

2008

3,180

2009

3,330

2010

3,200

2011

3,100

2012

3,470

2013

4,010

2014

5,050

2015

5,360

2016

4,710

2017

4,350

Source: SSDA 903

1. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

3. Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.

The department does not collect information on the number of children who were adopted without being previously looked after.

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