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Children in Care

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many young people in the care of each local authority gained a place at (a) university and (b) another higher education institution in 2007; (167123)

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of children in the care of a local authority who have access to (a) a trained counsellor and (b) mentor in each local authority area;

(3) how many young people in the care of a local authority were not in employment, education or training in each local authority area, in the latest period for which figures are available;

(4) how many children or young people in the care of a local authority had a statement of special educational needs in each local authority area, in the latest period for which figures are available.

Information on the number of young people in the care of each local authority that gained a place at (a) university and (b) another higher education institution in 2007, as well as the number of young people in the care of a local authority who have access to (a) a trained counsellor and (b) mentor in each local authority area is not collected centrally by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). However, information at national level on the number of children that are now aged 19 who were looked after on 1 April 2004 but have since left care and are engaged in higher educational studies (i.e. studies beyond A level) is shown in the Statistical First Release 27/2007 (entitled Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2007), via table G1 at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000741/index.shtml. The figures at local authority level will be released on 29 November 2007 at the same website.

Information on the number young people in the care of a local authority that were not in employment, education or training in each local authority area and the number of children or young people in the care of a local authority that had a statement of special educational needs in each local authority area can be found in tables 6 and 1, respectively on the Department's website at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000727/index.shtml. This Statistical First Release (17/2007—Outcome Indicators for Looked After Children: Twelve Months to 30 September 2006, England) contains information on children and young people in England who have been looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 30 September.

Information on the activity of children that were aged 19 years during the year ending 31 March 2006 who were looked after at 1 April 2003, including whether they were in education, employment or training, is available from table 21 of the publication available at http://www.dfes.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000721/index.shtml entitled Children Looked After by Local Authorities, Year Ending 31 March 2006.