To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
(1) how many children in Key Stages 3 and 4 were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years;
(2) how many young people in post-compulsory education aged 16 to 18 years were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years;
(3) how many children of primary school age were classified as (a) at risk and (b) in need in each of the last five years.
The available data are shown in the tables.
Table 1 provides information about the number of children in need who received a service during the children in need census weeks in February 2003 and February 2005 in England.
Table 2 provides information on the number of children and young people on the child protection register in England in the last five years by age.
The majority of children in need do not enter the child protection system so the figures shown in Table 2 represent a subset of those children in Table 1.
|Table 1: Children in need who received a service during the census week in February 2003 and February 2005( 1, 2) —England|
|Age during the February census week|
|Number||Under 1||1-4||5-9||10-15||16 and over|
|(1 )Children upon whom the local authorities expended resources, either in terms of costed staff or centre time, or in terms of payments for placements or other services received by the child, including one-off payments. |
(2) Children are looked after by social services or supported in families and independently.
(3) Includes estimates for four local authorities who did not return data.
|Table 2: Children on the child protection register at 31 March each year, by age—England|
|Age as at 31 March|
|Number( 1)||under 1||1-4||5-9||10-15||16 and over|
|(1 )Includes unborn children.|
The latest figures on children and young people on the child protection register were published in a Statistical First Release (SFR) 45/2006 "Referrals, assessments and children and young people on child protection registers, England—year ending
Figures on children in need for 2003 and 2005 were published in Statistical Volumes in February 2004 and March 2006, respectively; and are also available on the Department's website.