Foster Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information his Department holds on the number of children who were fostered in 2017.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

At 31 March 2017, there were 53,420 looked after children in England in foster care.

This information is already in the public domain and further information on the number of looked after children by their placement is published in Table A2 of the statistical release ‘Children looked after in England including adoption: 2016 to 2017’ at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked-after-in-england-including-adoption-2016-to-2017.

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