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Prisoners: Children in Care

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of the prison population was in local authority care at some point when under the age of 16 years at the latest date for which figures are available. (201200)

Information on the total number of prisoners in all prison establishments in England and Wales who were in local authority care at some point when under the age of 16 is not centrally available.

However, a Social Exclusion Unit report “Reducing re-offending by ex-prisoners” published in 2002 reported that 27 per cent. of the prison population had been taken into care as a child against an average across the general population of 2 per cent.