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Children in Care

Education written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of children under the age of five left care, where care is defined as subject to a care order, police protection order, emergency protection order, or placement for adoption, and were adopted in each year from 1995 to 2010.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The percentage of children, under the age of five, subject to a care order, police protection order or emergency protection order or placed for adoption who left care through adoption each year ending 31 March 1995 to 2010 is shown in the following table.

Percentage of children under the age of five subject to a care order, police protection order, emergency protection order or who were placed for adoption who were adopted( 1, 2, 3, 4) . Years ending 31 March 1995 to 2010. Coverage: England
Children adopted (percentage)
1995(5) 39
1996(5) 39
1997(5) 41
1998(6) 48
1999(6) 47
2000(6) 54
2001(6) 58
2002(6) 59
2003(6) 61
2004(5) 55
2005(5) 56
2006(5) 55
2007(5) 51
2008(5) 50
2009(5) 51
2010(5) 50
(1) Percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

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

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

(4) 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.

(5) Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which covered all children looked after.

(6) Figures are derived from the SSDA903 one third sample survey.

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