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Children in Care

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many children in care from families resident in Scotland have been fostered through English local authorities in each year since 1999; (252668)

(2) how many children in care from families in Wales have been fostered through English local authorities in each year since 1999.

Information on the number of children in care from families resident in Scotland or Wales who have been fostered by English local authorities in each year since 1999 is not collected centrally by the Department.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care from families resident in England have been fostered under arrangements with (a) Welsh and (b) Scottish authorities in each year since 1999. (253325)

There were 59,500 looked-after children in England at 31 March 2008, of which 42,300 were in foster placements. In total, 540 of the children looked after by English local authorities at 31 March 2008 were in placements outside England and 370 of these were in foster placements, this includes those in placements in Wales and Scotland. These figures exclude those children looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements.

It is not possible to provide figures for earlier years or to give figures for Wales and Scotland separately due to data availability.