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Special Educational Needs: Children in Care

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in care had statements of special educational needs in each year since 1997. (256894)

The OC2 data collection collects information on a range of outcomes and indicators for children looked after for at least 12 months from local authorities. This information has been published in the Statistical First Release “Outcome Indicators for Children Looked After, Twelve 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 looked after children who had a statement of special educational needs during the year can be found in table A, which also includes figures for all children as a comparison.

This information was first collected in 2000, figures for earlier years are also published on the Department’s website and can be found via the following links:

Figures for 2002-04 are available in volume reference (03/2005) here:

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

Figures for 2000-01 are available in volume reference (DHA/OL(OUT)01) here:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/VOL/v000523/index.shtml