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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 March 2021.

In Q4 2020/21, the response rate for child-level adoption, adopter-level and SGO data returns was 100%.

Analysis indicates that, as at Q4 2020/21 (31 March 2021), there were a total of:

  • 3730 Agency Decision Maker (ADM) decisions, an increase of 1% (30n) compared to the 903SFR 2019/20 published figure and a decrease of 7% (280n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 2910 placement orders (POs) granted, a decrease of 9% (280n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 2860 adoption orders (AOs) granted, a decrease of 17% (580n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 3840 special guardianship orders (SGOs) granted, an increase of 4% (140n) compared to the 903SFR 2019/20 published figure
  • 6700 total permanence orders granted (AOs & SGOs), a decrease of 6% (440n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 960 ADM reversals, an increase of 20% (160n) compared to the 903SFR 2019/20 published figure
  • 2100 children with a PO waiting to be matched at the end of Q4, a decrease of 14% (340n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 4760 registrations, an increase of 21% (840n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 3130 approvals, an increase of 6% (190n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure
  • 2220 approved adoptive families waiting to be matched at the end of Q4, an increase of 22% (400n) compared to the ASGLB 2019/20 published figure

[UPDATED ON 02/09/2021]

Previous data publications

Quarter Business Intelligence Reports Local Level Data Files
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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