Looked after children statistics released by the Department for Education

Posted on October 6th, 2010

30th September saw a Statistical First Release (SFR) of information regarding the numbers of looked after children in the UK.  It also looked into the reason a child is looked after, their legal status and the type of placement they are currently in.  The information also takes into account the numbers of children no longer looked after, and the number who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2010.

The figures are based on data from the SSDA 903 return collected from all local authorities.

The key points from the report are as follows:

  • The number of looked after children as at March 2010 was 64,400.
  • 27,800 children started to be looked after during the year ending March 2010.  Of these children 9,500 are classed as being taken into care.
  • 25,100 ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2010.
  • 52 percent of the children who started to be looked after during the period were due to abuse or neglect.
  • 73 percent of children who were looked after at March 2010 were in a foster placement.
  • 3400 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) were looked after at March 2010
  • 350 mothers aged 12 and over were looked after at March 2010.

For more information, the entire report can be found on the Department for Education Website

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