This dataset reports information about all children who cease to be looked after in a collection year upon the granting of an adoption order. This information was previously collected as part of the AD1 (children adopted) return but now forms part of the annual Looked After Children Census return made by Welsh local authorities.
It includes key dates (latest care period, decision, matching and placement) along with basic demographic data about the adopter(s) eg number, gender and ethnicity. There is also a flag to denote whether the child was adopted by their former foster carers.
Within SAIL, this dataset must be linked to the primary Children Looked After census (LACW) to get child characteristics (week of birth, gender, ALF).
|Data Owner||Welsh Government|
|Earliest Data||1st April 2002|
|Frequency of Updates||Annual|
|Lag in Updates Becoming Available||Approx 4 months after the local authority returns have been completed and verified|
|ADR UK Catalogue||https://datacatalogue.adruk.org/browser/dataset?id=5462644471927188424&origin=3|
|Health Data Gateway||https://web.www.healthdatagateway.org/dataset/cfdafacb-48f0-4ad8-9f20-193a5eec2da4|
|Data Resource||Allnatt, G., Lee, A., Scourfield, J., Elliott, M., Broadhurst, K., and Griffiths, L., (2022) “Data resource profile: children looked after administrative records in Wales”, International Journal of Population Data Science, 7(1). doi: 10.23889/ijpds.v7i1.1752.|
|Data Insight||Allnatt, G., Elliott, M., Cowley, L., Lee, A., North, L., Broadhurst, K., and Griffiths, L. (2023) Data Explained: Children Looked After Datasets. Available from: https://adrwales.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Data-Explained-CLA-datasets_final.pdf|
|Other useful publications||Allnatt, G., Elliott, M., Scourfield, J., Lee, A., Griffiths, L (2022) Use of Looked Administrative Children’s Social Care Data for Research: A scoping Review of Existing UK Studies British Journal of Social Work 00, p.p. 1-22.|
Other useful information
Due to the anonymization process, not all data fields referred to in the local authority guidance are available for use by researchers. However, this resource provides a useful starting point for understanding what is collected and the legal framework that sits behind some of the codes used.
Aggregate data going back to 2003 is available on the Stats Wales website: https://statswales.gov.wales/Catalogue/Health-and-Social-Care/Social-Services/Childrens-Services/Children-Looked-After/Adoptions
There is some reporting of the data in the Welsh Government’s annual statistical release about children looked after by Welsh local authorities. The latest version can be found: https://www.gov.wales/children-looked-after-local-authorities-april-2021-march-2022-html#109874
There are approximately 250 – 400 records per year.