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ASG Data

Data on Adoption and Special Guardianship


Latest ASG Data

The ASG data return is completed by every local authority (LA), regional adoption agency (RAA), and voluntary adoption agency (VAA) in England on a quarterly basis.

The latest publicly available data covers the period from 1 April 2023 to 31 December 2023.

In Q3 2023/24, the response rate from local authorities for the child level section was 100% and the adopter level sections was 100% The response rate for the adopter level section from Voluntary Adoption Agencies was 100%.

As at Q3 2023/24 (31 December 2023), there were a total of:

  • 920 Agency Decision Maker decisions
  • 750 Placement Orders granted
  • 700 Adoption Orders granted and 950 Special Guardianship Orders granted, a total of 1650 permanence orders granted
  • 2410 children with a PO waiting to be matched, of which 1110 had been waiting to be matched 18+ months since entering care, 440 had been waiting 12+ months since grant of PO, and 250 had been waiting 18+ months since grant of PO
  • 720 Adopter Registrations, and 530 Adopter Approvals
  • 2290 Prospective adoptive families not yet approved
  • 1910 Approved adoptive families waiting to be matched

Data Publications

Quarter Business Intelligence Reports Local Level Data Files
2023/24 Quarter 3 *NEW* Link Link
2022/23 Quarter 4 Link Link
2021/22 Quarter 4 Link Link
2020/21 Quarter 4 Link Link
2019/20 Quarter 4 Link Link
2018/19 Quarter 4 Link Link
2017/18 Quarter 4* Link Link

For previous releases of the quarterly reports published by the DfE, please visit – DfE Adoption System Performance

* these files were produced by CVAA on behalf of DfE

Adopter Characteristics Publication

Analysis Headline Measures Data Files
Adopter Characteristics – 2018/19 to 2020/21 Link Link