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Children in Care

Education written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Lefroy Jeremy Lefroy Conservative, Stafford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 left care in 2011 in (i) Stafford constituency and (ii) England.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The information requested is not available at constituency level. Information for England and Staffordshire local authority is shown in the table below. Data for 2012 have also been presented for information.

Children aged 16, 17 and 18 years who ceased to be looked after in Staffordshire local authority and England, years ending 31 March 2011 and 2012
Number
    Children who have ceased care in England(2,3,4,5) Children who have ceased care in Staffordshire (1,3,6)
2011 Age 16 1,930 20
  Age 17 1,790 25
  Age 18 6,280 65
2012 Age 16 1,710 15
  Age 17 1,720 65
  Age 18 6,560 x
Notes: 1. England numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. 2. Staffordshire numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5. 3. Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements. 4. In 2012 80% of Staffordshire's 17 year old leavers were just one day short of their 18th birthday. This is due to an issue with the IT system in terms of how children leaving care when they turn 18 were presented in 2012 data returns, Consequently the proportions of leavers aged 17 and 18 should be treated with caution. 5. 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. x Figures not shown in order to protect confidentiality. Source: SSDA 903

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