Fostering News // February 05th 2019

Fostering in England 2017-18: Ofsted Statistics

by FosterTalk Admin on February 05th 2019

Ofsted has released its latest annual dataset on fostering provision in both local authority and independent fostering services in England for the year ending 31 March 2018. Key figures include:

  • There were 87,120 approved fostering places as at 31 March 2018, an increase of 1% on the previous year, but filled places increased more than approved places resulting in a decrease in vacant places¬†(17,150 vacant places on 31 March 2018, compared to 17,980 the previous year).
  • There were 43,475 approved fostering households as at 31 March 2018, a 1% decrease on the previous year.
  • 117,335 initial enquiries were received in 2017-18, compared to 114,425 in 2016-17, an increase of 3% (down 3% in the LA sector and up 5% in the IFA sector), and applications rose by 11%.
  • 53,040 children and young people were in fostering placements at 31 March 2018, 1000 more than the previous year. 66% were in LA fostering places and 34% were placed through IFAs, in line with 2017 figures.

The commentary document and dataset can be downloaded from the Gov.uk website.