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Data Provider: Welsh Government Experimental Statistics Episodes finishing for children looked after during year to 31 March by local authority and reason for finishing
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[Expand]Click here to sortEpisode ceases and new episode begins on same or next day[Collapse]Adopted (adoption order granted by court on date episode ceased)[Expand]Click here to sortDied[Expand]Click here to sortCare taken over by another LA in the UK[Expand]Click here to sortReturned home to live with parents, relatives or other person with parental responsibility[Expand]Click here to sortSpecial guardianship order made to former foster carers[Expand]Click here to sortSpecial guardianship order made to carers other than former foster carers[Expand]Click here to sortMoved into independent living arrangement and no longer looked after: supportive accommodation providing formalised advice/support arrangements (e.g. most hostels, YMCAs, foyers, and care leavers projects)[Expand]Click here to sortMoved into independent living arrangement and no longer looked after: accommodation providing no formalised advice/support arrangements (e.g. B&B, bedsit, own flat, living with friends)[Expand]Click here to sortTransferred to care of adult social services[Expand]Click here to sortSentenced to custody[Expand]Click here to sortPeriod of being looked after ceased for any other reason[Expand]Click here to sortTurned 18 years old and continuing to live with former foster parent(s) in a When I Am Ready arrangement
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[Collapse]All Welsh local authorities2,81517013555580140601454535102351154,505
All Welsh local authoritiesIsle of Anglesey55****15******5*90
Neath Port Talbot100*20**2515*****1510200
Vale of Glamorgan105*5**10*5******140
Rhondda Cynon Taf2151530**601551055**10375
Merthyr Tydfil100****20105******145
Blaenau Gwent905***2555****15*155


Episodes finishing for looked after children, by reason for finishing, year ending 31 March

Last update
30 October 2019 30 October 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
Data for 2003 to 2018 were revised on 30 October 2019.

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

Children; Children looked after