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Children in Care

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care were placed with a member of their extended family in each of the last 10 years. (203900)

Information on the number of children in care who were placed with a member of their extended family in each of the last 10 years is not collected centrally by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). However, table A3, taken from the Statistical First Release (SFR 27/2007) entitled “Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2007”, shows the number of children looked after by English local authorities, who were placed with a foster carer, who was either a relative or friend at 31 March for each year from 2003 to 2007. The SFR is located at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000741/index.shtml

and table A3 can be found within the first set of Excel tables on the website.