Children in Care: Special Educational Needs

Department for Education written question – answered on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Ann Coffey Ann Coffey Labour, Stockport

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide an estimate of the number of looked-after children who have special educational needs, for each of the last five years for which information is available.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Department for Education)

The Department publishes data on numbers of looked after children who have special educational needs, for children who have been looked after continuously for at least twelve months at 31 March. Figures for the last five years for which information is available have been summarised in the table below.

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Children looked after1 with special educational needs2

20,740

22,030

21,890

21,070

20,220

1. Children looked after continuously for at least twelve months as at 31 March excluding children in respite care. Only children who have been matched to census data and are aged 4 or above (at 31 March) have been included.

2. Children matched to school census and AP census, with known SEN status.

The figures are from the 2012 to 2016 Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March statistical first releases, which are available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-looked-after-children.

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