Children in the care of local authorities are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The majority of children who remain in care are there because they have suffered abuse or neglect.
The Prime Minister has made it very clear that improving the lives of children in care is a national priority. More children need to find much more quickly - stable, loving and permanent homes through adoption where this is in their best interests. If this is to happen the adoption system needs to work much more effectively and efficiently.
There is far too much variation in local authority performance. Children in Care and Adoption Performance Tables show, against 15 key indicators, how each local authority is performing. The data we have used is already available. We want the tables to help generate debate, discussion and, above, all action. We’ll be updating the tables as more up to date data becomes available. And we will be talking to local authorities and other partners about how the tables can be developed and extended.
In this section you will also find information about the Government's strategy for protecting and providing for children in care. This includes details of its plans for foster care, care planning, the promotion of education and health, and children leaving care.
Information about the care leavers data pack and the latest version for download.
General article 03 December 2013
Information about the revised regulations and guidance for effective care planning to improve the quality and consistency of care planning, placement and case review for looked-after children.
General article 09 September 2013
This page contains details on improving permanence for looked-after children. The data pack provides greater detail about both child placements and returns home.
General article 06 September 2013
Information about the role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) since the new statutory guidance (March 2010) and details for regional IRO network contacts.
General article 22 August 2013
IRO handbook: Statutory guidance for independent reviewing officers (IROs) and local authorities on their functions in relation to case management and review for looked after children.
Statutory guidance 22 August 2013
Amendments to statutory guidance on the assessment and approval process for foster carers of looked-after children.
Statutory guidance 15 July 2013
Consultations on reforming children’s homes care and improving safeguarding for looked-after children
General article 25 June 2013
This guidance sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities and partner agencies under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989.
Statutory guidance 06 June 2013
Formal response to the Fees and Frequency consultation.
General article 06 June 2013
This page outlines the arrangements whereby young people aged 18 years and above who were previously looked after, remain living with their former foster carer/s.
General article 22 May 2013