The Dumping Ground has, as of 2015, aired three series. The first premiered on 4 January 2013 and aired until 15 March of that year. This was followed by a one-off Christmas special on 16 December 2013. The second series aired from 10 January–28 March 2014. A third series of twenty episodes was split into multiple parts, with the first ten episodes broadcast in January 2015, while the remaining episodes are expected to air in September 2015.
A fourth series of twenty half-hour episodes was confirmed by broadcaster CBBC in mid-December 2014. These episodes will air in 2016. A fifth series of twenty episodes was announced in May 2015.
The premise of the series revolves around life of children in a care home. The first series of The Dumping Ground was made public on 23 March 2012, when Amy-Leigh Hickman (Carmen Howle) announced it live in the CBBC office. The first series was filmed for 13 weeks at the recently closed La Sagesse School in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, the same setting used for Tracy Beaker Returns. This series was the last to feature the school as the general setting in the Tracy Beaker franchise. The second series featured a new home called 'Ashdene Ridge', due to the fact that La Sagesse School and its surrounding land was to be demolished and converted in to a luxury housing estate.