Age of children in care in England (UK) 2018

This statistic shows the age group distribution of children in care in England (UK) in 2018. 10 to 15 year-olds made up the largest share of children in care, accounting for 39 percent of all children. By comparison, 19 percent of children were under the age of five, with babies under the age of 1 accounting for merely 6 percent of all children in care. 23 percent of children in care were over the age of 16.

Age distribution of looked after children in England (UK) as of March 31, 2018*, by percentage

Share of looked after children
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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

March 31, 2018

Age group

18 years and under

Supplementary notes

*"Looked after children" include foster placements, children placed for adoption, placements with parents, other placements in the community, secure units, children's homes and hostels and other residental settings including residential schools.
Age at 31 March 2017.
Percentages not equal to 100 may be due to rounding.

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