A news investigation by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme reported that almost one in every 50 children born in Southampton in 2011-2012 was put up for adoption.

The radio package, broadcast on Monday 11th June, also reported that children born in Southampton during 2011-2012 were 16 times more likely to be put up for adoption by the age of five, when compared to children from the London Borough of Greenwich.

The research appears to show other surprising discrepancies in the adoption rates between local authorities.

The findings come from Freedom of Information inquiries carried out by Professor Andy Bilson of the University of Central Lancashire, who shared the results with the BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Adoption UK has been in touch with Professor Bilson to understand more about his research and will respond in more detail once in receipt of the full information.

The investigation was also published on the BBC News website.