Series 5 of The Dumping Ground, like the two seasons before it, was split into two halves, but this time the first half was 12 episodes long, while the second half was 10 episodes long with a 50 minute Christmas special. The first half commenced airing on 20 January 2017 and finished airing on 31 March 2017. The second half commenced airing on 13 March 2017 and was concluded with a Christmas special on 22 December 2017. Production began on 21 March 2016 and was completed on 9 September 2016.

Most of the main cast from the Series 4B returned, with the exception of Reece Buttery as Mo Michaels, who was explained as having returned to live with his grandparents in the series premiere.

The first half of the season season also featured the departures of Kasey McKellar as Bailey Wharton, whose character left to join a football academy in America, Sage as Mischief, who left with Bailey and Akuc Bol as Kazima Tako, who left to be reunited with her father and brother in Denmark. It also featured the arrival of a new boy named Alex, a homeless teenager.

The second half of the season featured the departures of Nelly and Gwen Currant as Toni and Billie Trent who were fostered. It also introduced two new characters: Charlie, a teenager and Taz, a young girl. The season's final two episodes also featured guest appearances by Joe Maw as Johnny Taylor, Mia McKenna-Bruce as Tee Taylor, Jessica Revell as Elektra and Christopher John-Slater as Frank Matthews.


Season 5A

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Season 5B

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