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Children in Care

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been taken into care in each local authority area in each (a) month, (b) quarter and (c) year since 1 January 2003; and if he will make a statement. (256997)

Figures on the number of children that have been taken into care in each local authority in each month and quarter for the years 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2007-08 has been placed in the Libraries. A full five-year time series from 2003-04 detailing how many children have been taken into care in that year has also been placed in the Libraries.

Only the first occasion where a child has been taken into care in each financial year has been counted in all of the analysis provided. Subsequent occasions where a child ceases to be looked after and then is taken into care again in another month or quarter in the same financial year have not been included. This analysis can be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Information on the number of children that have been taken into care in each month and quarter for the period 2004-05, 2006-07 and pre-April 2003 has not been provided due to disproportionate costs.