In 2018/19, there were approximately 102,000 looked after children in the UK. The total number of looked after children in the UK has increased every year since 2010. In the last five years the population of looked after children in the UK has increased by 10%. However, it is important to note that this UK-wide trend is not reflected in all four nations.
This briefing looks at what data and statistics are available about looked after children to help professionals, and the organisations they work for, make evidence-based decisions.
Sets out who looked after children are, why they may need additional help, and ways to provide them with the support they need.
A summary of risk factors and learning for improving practice for reunification and highlights key issues related to children returning home from care.
Our annual report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the four nations in the UK.
Find out what data is available and what it can tell us about how many children and young people experience abuse and neglect in the UK.
Explores the different issues to consider when looking at service data, self-report data, trends and comparing statistics across different areas in relation to child abuse.