Facts & Statistics

Local Authorities, with the support of leading organisations and charities such as Ofsted, the Coram, The Fostering Network and IFAs (Independent Fostering Agencies), play a leading role in securing a brighter future for children in care.

To give you an idea of how important the foster care industry is to helping these children fulfil their potential, we have pulled together some facts and stats that will shed light on this vital service.

Foster Care Industry Statistics Infographic

Foster care in perspective

  • Foster care accounts for three quarters of children in care
  • Foster care provided the highest number of Good or Outstanding Oftsed-rated placements 79%)
  • 1 in 3 children are placed by Independent Fostering Agencies

Childen in foster care

  • 61% of children are aged between 5 and 15
  • 32% of children are under 5
  • 5,595 children reported as disabled

Fostering households by number of places

Provider 1 2 3
Local Authority 36% 38% 25%
Independent Fostering Agencies 26% 39% 34%


  • 22% are from Black and Minority Ethnic (BMW) backgrounds
  • Around half of Asian/Asia British children in foster care are placed with Fostering Agencies


  • 13,305 instances of children going missing
  • 51% of incidents are due to contact with family or friends


  • 88% of children in foster care are placed within a 10 mile radius of local authority
  • 70% of siblings in foster care are placed together
  • 52% of children are living with their foster carers after their 18th birthday