Emergency Protection Orders
Education and Skills

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John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills

(1) how many emergency protection orders have been applied for by each social services local authority in each of the last three years; and how many of those were applied for ex parte;

(2) how many emergency protection orders were applied for by each local authority in each of the last three years; how many were applied for ex-parte; of the ex-parte orders granted how many of each were granted; and how many were for children (a) under and (b) over the age of one year.

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Beverley Hughes (Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families), Department for Education and Skills; Stretford and Urmston, Labour)

Information on the number of emergency protection order (EPO) applications made by local authorities is not collected by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Information on the number of children starting to be looked after for each social services local authority, as a result of an EPO made by the family courts, during the years ending 31 March 2003, 31 March 2004 and 31 March 2005 are presented in the following table. The DfES does not collect information about the numbers of ex-parte EPO applications.

Children who started to be looked after as a result of an emergency protection order being issued by family courts for the years ending 31 March 2003 to 2005 by legal status on starting( 1,2,3)
Number
2003 2004 2005
England 1,300 1,300 1,400
North East 70 50 60
Shire counties
Durham 20 10 10
Northumberland 0 0 10
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Darlington 10 0
Hartlepool 5 0
Middlesbrough 0 10
Redcar and Cleveland 10 5
Stockton on Tees 10 15
Metropolitan districts 0 0 0
Gateshead 5 10
Newcastle upon Tyne 0
North Tyneside
South Tyneside 5
Sunderland 0 0
North West 160 170 190
Shire counties
Cheshire 10
Cumbria 0 15 10
Lancashire 20 10 15
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Blackburn and Darwen 10 10
Blackpool 5 5
Halton 0
Warrington 10 5
Metropolitan districts 0 0 0
Bolton 10 10 5
Bury 0 0 5
Knowsley 0 0
Liverpool 0 10 10
Manchester 35 15 45
Oldham 5 15 10
Rochdale 15 10
Salford 10 10
Sefton 15
St. Helens 0
Stockport 0 10
Tameside 10 10 10
Trafford 10 10
Wigan 10 5
Wirral 15 10
Yorkshire and the Humber 200 180 180
Shire counties
North Yorkshire 5 15 5
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
East Riding Yorkshire 10 5
Kingston upon Hull 10 10
North East Lincolnshire 15 15 10
North Lincolnshire 5 10
York 0
Metropolitan districts
Barnsley 10 10 10
Bradford 25 25 25
Calderdale 10
Doncaster 10 15
Kirklees 10 10
Leeds 65 45 55
Rotherham 15 5
Sheffield 25 10 5
Wakefield 10 15
East Midlands 130 110 90
Shire counties
Derbyshire 25 15 15
Leicestershire 20 15 0
Lincolnshire 10 5 5
Northamptonshire 20 30 35
Nottinghamshire 20 10 10
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Derby 10 10 10
Leicester 5 10 5
Nottingham 20 10
Rutland 0 0 0
West Midlands 220 160 220
Shire counties
Shropshire 5 10
Staffordshire 10 15 25
Warwickshire 5 10
Worcestershire 25 10 15
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Herefordshire 5 10
Stoke-On-Trent 30 15 15
Telford and Wrekin 15 10
Metropolitan districts 0 0 0
Birmingham 45 20 55
Coventry 15 15
Dudley 20 15 25
Sandwell 15 20 15
Solihull 0
Walsall 25 20 20
Wolverhampton 5
East of England 80 100 120
Shire counties
Bedfordshire 20 20 5
Cambridgeshire 10 15
Essex 5 15 30
Hertfordshire 10 10 5
Norfolk 10
Suffolk 15 10 10
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Luton 25 20 15
Peterborough 0 10
Southend 0 20
Thurrock 5
London 250 280 250
Inner London
Camden 5 5
City of London 0 0 0
Greenwich 10
Hackney 10 5 10
Hammersmith and Fulham 5 5
Islington 15
Kensington and Chelsea 0 10
Lambeth 0 15 15
Lewisham 15 10
Southwark 10 25 10
Tower Hamlets 5 5 15
Wandsworth 20 5 10
Westminster 20 15
Outer London 0 0 0
Barking and Dagenham 30 15 10
Barnet 20 5
Bexley
Brent 10 10
Bromley 5
Croydon 10 10
Ealing 0
Enfield 15 10 20
Haringey 20 20 20
Harrow 10 5
Havering 0
Hillingdon 0 10 0
Hounslow 5 15 15
Kingston upon Thames 0
Merton 5 15
Newham 15 10 20
Redbridge 10 0
Richmond upon Thames 10
Sutton 10
Waltham Forest 10
South East 150 140 190
Shire counties
Buckinghamshire 0 5 5
East Sussex 10 10
Hampshire 20 10 25
Kent 15 20 40
Oxfordshire 10
Surrey 15 25 35
West Sussex 10 10 15
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Bracknell Forest
Brighton and Hove 20 10
Isle of Wight 0 0
Medway Towns 5 25 5
Milton Keynes 15 15
Portsmouth 15 10 5
Reading 0
Slough 0 0
Southampton 10 10 10
West Berkshire 0 0
Windsor and Maidenhead
Wokingham 0 0
South West 90 110 100
Shire counties
Cornwall 15 15 15
Devon 15 15
Dorset 0
Gloucestershire 10 5 5
Isles of Scilly 0 0 0
Somerset
Wiltshire 10
Unitary authorities 0 0 0
Bath and North East Somerset 0 0
Bournemouth 15 10
Bristol 15 25
North Somerset 0 10
Plymouth 5 15
Poole 5 0
South Gloucestershire 10 10
Swindon
Torbay 0 0 5
1 Only the first occasion on which a child started to be looked after in the year has been counted.

2 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.

3 To maintain the confidentiality of each individual child, data at national level are rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000, to the nearest 10 otherwise. At regional level, the data are rounded to the nearest 10 and at local authority level data are rounded to the nearest 5. Numbers from 1 to 5 inclusive are suppressed and replaced by a hyphen (—). Zero (0) is shown only when the number submitted was zero. As a consequence of our rounding and suppression figures may not sum to the total.

Note:

Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which since 2003-04 covered all looked after children.

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