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Foster Care: Grandparents

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children were fostered by a grandparent in each of the last 10 years, broken down by local authority. (228713)

This information is not collected centrally by the Department.

However, table A3, taken from the Statistical First Release (SFR 23/2008) entitled ‘Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008’ 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 2004 to 2008. The SFR is located at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000810/index.shtml

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