Children in Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 5th February 2016.

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Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers aged between 19 and 21 local authorities were in contact with in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015; and how many such care leavers were former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many care leavers in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015 who were aged 19, 20 or 21 in 2013 and 2014 and housed in accommodation considered (i) suitable and (ii) unsuitable were former unaccompanied asylum-seeking children looked after by the local authority.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

Information on care leavers in (a) 2014 and (b) 2015, who were aged 19, 20 and 21 in 2013 and 2014 is not available. However, the information for care leavers aged 19, 20, or 21 in 2014 and 2015 is shown in the tables below:

Accommodation type2

All care leavers aged 19, 20 or 21

Of which, number that were former unaccompanied asylum seeking childrenĀ¹

2014

2015

2014

2015

Suitable

20,570

21,010

240

550

Unsuitable

1,660

1,840

10

40

Source: SSDA903

All care leavers aged 19, 20 or 21 with whom the local authority were in touch

Of which, number that were former unaccompanied asylum seeking childrenĀ¹

2014

2015

2014

2015

21,980

22,520

260

590

Source: SSDA903

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

  1. This includes young people who were unaccompanied asylum seeking children in their final period of care.

  2. Suitability of accommodation is not recorded where the young person has gone abroad, been deported or where their residence is not known.

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