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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 2021 to 30 June 2021.

In Q1 2021/22, the response rate for child-level adoption, adopter-level and SGO data returns was 100%.

Analysis indicates that, as at Q1 2021/22 (30 June 2021), there were a total of:

  • 830 Agency Decision Maker (ADM) decisions, a decrease of 8% (70n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and a decrease of 10% (90n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 670 placement orders (POs) granted, a decrease of 14% (110n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and an increase of 34% (170n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 830 adoption orders (AOs) granted, a decrease of 6% (50n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and an increase of 108% (430n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 1080 special guardianship orders (SGOs) granted, a decrease of 4% (40n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and an increase of 42% (320n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 2040 children with a PO waiting to be matched at the end of Q1, a decrease of 3% (60n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and a decrease of 10% (230n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 950 registrations, a decrease of 24% (300n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and a decrease of 26% (340n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 770 approvals, an increase of 7% (50n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and an increase of 5% (40n) compared to Q1 2020/21
  • 2290 approved adoptive families waiting to be matched at the end of Q4, an increase of 3% (70n) compared to Q4 2020/21 and an increase of 25% (460n) compared to Q1 2020/21

[UPDATED ON 17/11/2021]

Previous data publications

Quarter Business Intelligence Reports Local Level Data Files
2021/22 Quarter 1 Link Link
2020/21 Quarter 4 Link Link
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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