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Children in Care

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 21st May 2008.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Conservative, Buckingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families

(1) what percentage of children in the care system are from ethnic minorities;

(2) how many children were adopted in (a) Aylesbury Vale district and (b) England in 2007;

(3) how many respite care home places were available for disabled children in (a) Aylesbury Vale district and (b) England in 2007;

(4) how many foster care placements there were in (a) Aylesbury Vale district and (b) England in 2007.

Photo of Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

Information on Aylesbury Vale (Buckinghamshire) is not collected centrally. Where the question refers to Aylesbury Vale we have provided statistical information on Buckinghamshire as a whole.

Information on the numbers and percentages of children looked after in the care system, broken down by ethnicity over the last five years is shown in the following table. The information is taken from the Statistical First Release (SFR 27/2007) entitled 'Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2007'. The SFR is located at

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000741/index .shtml.

Children looked after at 31 March by ethnic origin, 2003-07( 1,2,3) , England
Number and Percentage
Number Percentage
2003( 4) 2004( 5) 2005( 5) 2006( 5) 2007( 5) 2003( 4) 2004( 5) 2005( 5) 2006( 5) 2007( 5)
All children looked after at 31 March( 1,2) 61,200 61,200 61,000 60,300 60,000 100 100 100 100 100
Ethnic origin
White:
White British 47,300 46,300 45,9090 45,000 44,700 77 76 75 75 74
White Irish 580 520 500 440 400 1 1 1 1 1
Any other White background 1,800 1,900 1,800 1,600 1,500 3 3 3 3 3
Mixed:
White and Black Caribbean 2,000 2,000 2,000 1,900 1,900 3 3 3 3 3
White and Black African 400 410 440 430 440 1 1 1 1 1
White and Asian 750 720 720 750 770 1 1 1 1 1
Any other mixed background 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 3 3 3 3 3
Asian or Asian British:
Indian 300 300 280 300 290 0 0 0 0 0
Pakistani 510 520 580 610 660 1 1 1 1 1
Bangladeshi 200 230 270 280 280 0 0 0 0 0
Any other Asian background 320 480 650 880 1,000 1 1 1 1 2
Black or Black British:
Caribbean 1,600 1,700 1,600 1,600 1,600 3 3 3 3 3
African 1,800 2,300 2,400 2,400 2,300 3 4 4 4 4
Any other Black background 870 880 900 900 880 1 1 1 1 1
Other ethnic groups:
Chinese 80 120 120 120 130 0 0 0 0 0
Any other ethnic group 750 840 900 1,000 1,200 1 1 1 2 2
(1) Source: SSDA903 return on children looked after.

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

(3) 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.

(4) Figures are derived from the SSDA 903 one-third sample survey.

(5) Figures are taken from the SSDA 903 return which, since 2003-04, has covered all children looked after.

The number of children looked after that were adopted during the year ending 31 March in (a) Buckinghamshire was 10, and (b) England was 3,300.

Information on the number of respite care home places which were available for disabled children in (a) Aylesbury Vale and (b) England in 2007 is not collected centrally. However, the numbers of children looked after under an agreed series of short-term breaks (respite), who were placed in a children's home or similar establishment at 31 March 2007, in Buckinghamshire and England, are shown in the following table.

Children looked after at 31 March 2007, in respite care by placement in care homes( 1,2) , England
Number
Homes and hostels Other establishments
Total subject to Children's Homes regulations not subject to Children's Homes regulations Residential care homes NHS Trust providing medical/nursing care
England 4,200 3,700 10 330 170
Buckinghamshire 10 10 0 0 0
(1) Source: return on children looked after.

(2) Figures at national level have been rounded to the nearest 100 if they exceed 1,000 and to the nearest 10 otherwise. Figures at local authority level have been rounded to the nearest five or if zero are shown as zero.

The number of looked after children in foster care placements at 31 March 2007 in (a) Buckinghamshire was 205 and (b) England was 42,300.

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