Children in Care: Death

Education written question – answered on 20th May 2013.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Labour, Bridgend

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children under 18 years old have died while in care of local authorities in the last 10 years in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

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

Information on the number of children who die while in the care of local authorities in England is shown in the following table. Figures are given for each English region for the year 2003 to 2012.

The number of children who die while in the care of local authorities in England is low, typically around 50 children per year. Due to these low numbers and to protect their identities, figures cannot be provided for each individual local authority.

Number of looked-after children who have died while being looked after by a local authority,(1, 2, 3), year ending 31 March 2003 to 2012, England
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
England 60 60 70 60 70 50 50 50 50 40
North East 0 (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)
North West 10 10 10 10 20 10 10 10 10 (4)
Yorkshire and the Humber 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4) (4) 10 10 10
East Midlands (4) (4) (4) (4) 10 (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)
West Midlands 10 10 10 (4) 10 10 10 10 10 (4)
East of England 10 10 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4)
London 10 10 10 20 20 10 10 10 10 10
Inner London 10 10 (4) 10 10 (4) 10 10 10 (4)
Outer London 10 10 10 10 10 (4) (4) (4) (4) 10
South East 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 (4) 10
South West (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) 10 (4) 10 (4)
(1) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. (2) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements. (3) Regional figures do not add up to England total due to rounding. (4) Figures not shown in order to protect confidentiality. Source: SSDA 903.

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