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Residence Orders: Guardianship

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families in respect of how many children of each year of age special guardianship orders have been made in each year since 2006. (305321)

The number of looked-after children of each year of age who have ceased to be looked after as a result of a special guardianship order in each year ending 31 March 2006 to 2009 can be found in the following table.

Special guardianship orders were first introduced on 30 December 2005. The figures for year ending 31 March 2006 only account for the last three months of the data collection year.

Table 1: Children who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March by age on ceasing, as a result of a special guardianship order being granted1, 2, 3, year ending 31 March 2009, England

Number

20064

2007

2008

2009

Age on ceasing (years)

70

750

1,100

1,200

Under 1

10

60

120

110

1

10

130

190

190

2

10

70

120

120

3

70

100

100

4

10

60

70

100

5

10

40

70

80

6

40

50

70

7

50

70

80

8

10

40

60

70

9

40

50

50

10

30

60

50

11

30

40

60

12

20

30

40

13

20

30

40

14

0

10

30

40

15

20

30

20

16

0

10

20

20

17

0

10

10

1 Only the last occasion on which a child ceased to be looked after in the year has been counted.

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

3 To ensure that no individual can be identified from statistical tables, we use conventions for the rounding and suppression of very small numbers. National figures have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 or to the nearest 10 otherwise. Numbers of 5 or less have been suppressed and replaced with a long dash (—) except where the number is zero.

4 Special guardianship orders were introduced on 30 December 2005. Consequently figures for year ending 31 March 2006 only account for the last three months of the data collection year.

Source:

SSDA 903.