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Children: Protection

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he has made of the number of parents who were in care who have had their children removed from them as a result of care proceedings in the last 10 years. (278327)

[holding answer 9 June 2009]: The Department holds no data on the number of parents who were in care, who have subsequently had their children removed from their care as a result of care proceedings so cannot provide an estimate of this.

The decision to take a child into care is never an easy one, and the decision to make a care order is taken by the courts. The parent’s background should not be a factor. Courts must be satisfied the threshold criteria are met before it can make a care order. The threshold criteria are that the child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and that is attributable to the care given to the child or likely to be given to the child, if the order were not made.