This document uses publicly available data to examine recent trends in the numbers, rates and spend on looked after children (LAC) in England.
The first section presents national trends from 2012 to 2019.
The second section examines trends across local authorities. As part of this, it highlights those local authorities that we think, from the data, may be experiencing the most pressures in catering for LAC. We also highlight local authorities that may be sites of effective practice.