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Children in Care: Religion

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of looked-after children had a known religious affiliation, broken down by affiliation, in the latest period for which figures are available. (206107)

Information on the number and proportion of looked-after children who had a known religious affiliation, broken down by affiliation is not collected centrally.

Although data is not collected nationally, section 22(5) of the 1989 Children Act places a general duty on local authorities to give due consideration, when making decisions with respect to a child whom they look after, to that child’s religious persuasion (among other matters).