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Data on Adoption and Special Guardianship

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Latest ASGLB data

The ASGLB data return is completed by every local authority (LA), regional adoption agency (RAA), and voluntary adoption agency (VAA) in England on a quarterly basis. Please click on the links below to download the Business Intelligence reports and Local Level ASGLB data files.

The latest publicly available data covers the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.

In Q3 2020/21, the response rate for child-level adoption, adopter-level and SGO data returns was 100%.

Analysis indicates that, as at Q3 2020/21 (31 December 2020), there were a total of:

  • 2710 Agency Decision Maker (ADM) decisions, a decrease of 11% (340n) from Q3 2019/20
  • 1980 placement orders (POs) granted, a decrease of 22% (570n) from Q3 2019/20
  • 1930 adoption orders (AOs) granted, a decrease of 26% (680n) from Q3 2019/20
  • 2670 special guardianship orders (SGOs) granted, 63% of the total for 2019/20
  • 4600 total permanence orders granted (AOs & SGOs), 60% of the total for 2019/20
  • 2020 children with a PO waiting to be matched at the end of Q3, a decrease of 22% (580n) from Q3 2019/20 and a decrease of 17% (420n) from Q4 2019/20
  • 3370 registrations, an increase of 15% (450n) from Q3 2019/20
  • 2330 approvals, an increase of 4% (90n) from Q3 2019/20
  • 2140 approved adoptive families waiting to be matched at the end of Q3, an increase of 24% (420n) from Q3 2019/20 and an increase of 18% (320n) from Q4 2019/20

Previous data publications

Quarter Business Intelligence Reports Local Level Data Files
2020/21 Quarter 3 Link Link
2020/21 Quarter 2 Link Link
2019/20 Link Link
2018/19 Quarter 4 Link Link
2018/19 Quarter 3 Link Link
2018/19 Quarter 2 Link Link
2018/19 Quarter 1 Link Link
2017/18 Quarter 4 Link Link
2017/18 Quarter 3 Link Link
2017/18 Quarter 2 Link Link
2017/18 Quarter 1 Link Link

For previous releases of the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board quarterly reports published by the DfE please visit – DfE Adoption System Performance

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