Main reasons why children are in care in England (UK) 2018

This statistic shows the main reasons why children were taken into care in England (UK) in 2018. Nearly two thirds of children - 56 percent - entered the care system due to abuse or neglect from their parents or guardians.

Distribution of looked after children in care in England (UK) in 2018, by category of need*

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Source

Release date

November 2018

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

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 residential settings including residential schools.
Category of need refers to the most applicable category of the eight “Need Codes” at the time the child started to be looked after rather than necessarily the entire reason they are looked after.
Percentages not equal to 100 may be due to rounding.

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