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Children in Care

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children are in care in each (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each of the principal seaside towns in England. (241502)

Classifications that enable analysis at town level, including seaside towns, are not readily available therefore this information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Data have been published by the Department in SFR—Statistical First Release—23/2008: “Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2008”. Table LAA1 of that publication provides information on the number of looked after children at 31 March by local authority for the last five years. This publication can be found on the Department’s website via the following link:

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children were in care as a result of their mother’s imprisonment in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of those children were subsequently returned to their mother’s care; (244491)

(2) how many asylum-seeking children are in care;

(3) how many children in care were convicted of a crime in each of the last five years, broken down by type of crime.

Information on the number of children who were in care as a result of their mother’s imprisonment and subsequently returned to their care is not held centrally by the Department.

However, information is collected on the number of children who were in care as a result of absent parenting and this can be found in table A1, 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’. This shows the number of children looked after at 31 March for 2004 to 2008 by category of need. The reason for the parents’ absence is not collected.

The SFR is located at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000810/FinalSFRTablesoct.xls

Information on the number of asylum-seeking children who are in care can be found in table A4, within the same SFR.

The OC2 data collection collects information on a range of outcomes for looked after children from local authorities. This information has been published in the Statistical First Release “Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, 12 months to 30 September 2007—England” (SFR 08/2008), which is available on the Department’s website via the following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000785/index.shtml

This publication contains figures for the period 2005-07.

Information on the number of children looked after continuously for at least 12 months aged 10 or above convicted of a crime or subject to a final warning or reprimand can be found in table E. Information on the type of crime is not collected centrally.

Figures for 2002-04 are also published on the Department’s website and are available in volume reference (03/2005) here:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DBA/VOL/v000580/index.shtml