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Children In Care

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many cases of residents absconding from children’s care homes there have been in each local authority area in each of the last five years. (294772)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him on 12 June 2009, Official Report, column 1069W. Figures for 2009 will be available by the end of the year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many special guardianship orders have been granted in (a) England and (b) Essex in each year since their inception. (295304)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on 9 February 2009, Official Report, column 1733W.

National level figures for 2009 can be found in table D1 of Statistical First Release “Children Looked After in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2009”, which is available on the Department’s website via following link:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000878/index.shtml

Local authority figures for 2009 will be available by the end of the year.