Main reasons why children were taken into care in England (UK) 2018

This statistic shows the main reasons why children were taken into care in England (UK) in 2018, by category of need. 63 percent of children entered the care system due to abuse or neglect from their parents or guardians.

Distribution of children taken into care in England (UK) in 2018, by main reason*

Share of looked after children
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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

*Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.
Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.
Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

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