National Statistics: Children looked after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016

  • As of 31 March 2016, there were 70,440 looked-after children in the North East.
  • The North East has the highest rate of looked-after children of all of England’s regions; 84 per 10,000 children under 18 years, compared to a national rate of 60 per 10,000.
  • The looked-after children rate in the North East has increased from 78 per 10,000 in 2012 to 84 per 10,000 now.
  • Of the North East local authorities, Middlesbrough has the highest proportion of looked-after children at 120 per 10,000 (1.2% of children under 18), whilst Northumberland has the lowest at 65 per 10,000.
  • Middlesbrough has the joint second highest rate of looked-after children in the country (along with Southampton) after Blackpool (164 per 10,000 children).
  • The biggest increase in the rate of looked-after children in the region is Sunderland (71 per 10,000 in 2012 up to 101 per 10,000 now) and the biggest decrease is Newcastle (101 per 10,000 in 2012 down to 88 per 10,000 now).
  • 56% of looked-after children in the North East are 10 or above.