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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Children starting to be looked after during year to 31 March by local authority and need for care
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[Collapse]Total children starting to be looked after by need for careClick here to sortTotal children starting to be looked after by need for care
Click here to sortDisabilityClick here to sortParental illness or disabilityClick here to sortAbuse or neglectClick here to sortFamily in acute stressClick here to sortFamily dysfunctionClick here to sortSocially Unacceptable BehaviourClick here to sortAbsent Parenting (including child given up for adoption)Click here to sortAdoption disruption
[Collapse]All Welsh local authorities40351,3951903058080*2,125
All Welsh local authoritiesIsle of Anglesey**35*****40
Neath Port Talbot**6555***80
Vale of Glamorgan**301520***75
Rhondda Cynon Taf**1052020*5*160
Merthyr Tydfil**60*1515**90
Blaenau Gwent**45*****55


Children starting to be looked after by local authorities, by need for care, year ending 31 March

Last update
11 December 2019 11 December 2019

Next update
October 2020 (Provisional)

Publishing organisation
Welsh Government

Source 1
Looked After Children Census

Source 2
Children looked after (SSDA903) data collection, Welsh Government

Contact email

Experimental statistics

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation
Local authorities

Geographical coverage

Languages covered
English and Welsh

Data licensing
You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description
From 2016-17, looked after children data is now collected during the year through the Looked after children Census. This has replaced the existing datasets Looked After Children (SSDA903), Adoptions of looked after children (AD1), Educational qualifications of care leavers (OC1) and Care leavers on their 19th birthday (OC3).

This table presents figures about children looked after by Welsh local authorities. Children looked after include those on care orders and other children provided with accommodation by their local authority. Some children are also looked after because the local authority provides accommodation for respite purposes - the figures in this table exclude these children.

Data collection and calculation
Anonymised individual child level data is extracted from local authority administrative systems and returned electronically to the Data Collection team within the Welsh Government using an online secure data transfer system called 'AFON'. The AFON system applies an extensive series of validation checks to ensure that the information provided uses the correct codes and is internally consistent.

Frequency of publication

Data reference periods
Data are shown at 31 March for each year from 2003.

Users, uses and context
Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Rounding applied
The following measures have been taken to minimise the risk of unwanted disclosure of personal data:
All figures have been rounded to the nearest five. Where there are less than five children in any group, the actual number has been suppressed, and replaced by the symbol *.

Revisions information
Newport’s ‘Socially Unacceptable Behaviour’ figure for 2018 has been amended on the 11 December 2019.

Statistical quality
Please find this information in the related statistical publication, as per the given weblink.

Children; Children looked after