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Children in Care

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how much on average it cost for a child under the age of five years to be looked after by (a) a local authority and (b) foster parents in the latest period for which figures are available. (267653)

The Department of Health's Information Centre published the latest figures on costs per child for looked after children. However information is not broken down by age therefore we cannot provide a complete response.

General costs per child for looked after children can be found in the publication 'Personal Social Services Expenditure (PSSEX1 return) and Unit Costs: England 2007-08', which can be accessed via the link below.

http://www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/social-care/adult-social-care-information/personal-social-services-expenditure-and-unit-costs:-england-2007-08

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children have been in local authority care homes in (a) Leeds West constituency, (b) Leeds Metropolitan District and (c) England in each year from 1997. (267829)

Information on the number of children who were in local authority care homes in (a) Leeds, West constituency and (b) Leeds metropolitan district is not collected centrally. The number of children who were placed in children’s homes by Leeds local authority and (c) by all local authorities in England, in each year since 2000, are shown in the table.

In 2000, a new coding system was introduced. For years 1997 to 1999 it was found that the results of the analysis carried out could not accurately identify the number of children who were looked after exclusively in children’s homes.

Children looked after at 31 March who were placed in children’s homes1,2,3,4. Years ending 31 March 2000 to 2008. Coverage: England and Leeds local authority

Number

England

Leeds

2000

6,400

160

2001

6,100

140

2002

6,000

140

2003

6,000

125

2004

5,900

140

2005

5,600

130

2006

5,300

125

2007

5,200

115

2008

5,200

125

1 Source: SSDA903 return on children looked after.

2 Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.

3 Figures account for children’s homes only and exclude residential settings not subject to Children’s Homes regulations.

4 Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.