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Data on Adoption and Special Guardianship



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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