1 The data relates to all children who were subject to applications for DoL orders issued to the national DoL court between 4 July and 31 August 2022. A total of 231 applications were received in the first two months (100 in July and 131 in August). In total, 23 of these applications were excluded from the analysis – either because minimal information was included in the court file about the reasons for the application or because they were repeat applications concerning the same child. This left a sample of 208 children.
2 If a child is living in a setting that is not registered with Ofsted in England or Care Inspectorate Wales – and is being provided with care – it is an ‘unregistered’ placement. This is illegal. ‘Unregulated’ accommodation (including semi-independent or independent placements) is allowed in law for children aged 16 and 17. An unregulated placement becomes unregistered (and illegal) if the child placed there is under 16 years old or if they are under 18 and being provided with care. If the child is subject to restrictions on their liberty (such as being under constant supervision or not being free to leave the placement) that will be regarded as care.