||<p>In the year ending 31 March 2016, there were 1,230 care leavers who had ceased
to be looked after from a foster placement on their 18th birthday and were still living
with their former foster carers aged 19 or 20.</p><p>Experimental statistics<sup>1</sup>
show that in the year ending 31 March 2016 there were 1,440 similar care leavers aged
18 who were living with former foster carers.</p><p>These figures and related information
can be found in Tables F1b and F1d in the statistical first release <em>Children looked
after in England including adoption: 2015 to 2016 </em>at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2015-to-2016"
Department for Education is providing £22.85m to local authorities to fund Staying
Put arrangements during 2017-18. The new care leaver strategy, <em>Keep on Caring</em>,
published in July 2016 at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keep-on-caring-supporting-young-people-from-care-to-independence"
confirmed that we will continue to provide funding to local authorities to implement
Staying Put through to 2019-20.</p><ol><li>Information on 18 year old care leavers
was collected for the first time in 2016. Analysis suggests that some local authorities
have not provided data for around 11% of all 18 year olds. Therefore this data has
been published as experimental statistics and should be treated with caution.</li></ol>