Children in Care: Criminal Proceedings

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Steve Reed Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if his Department will take steps to change reporting on criminalisation data on children in care to all children in care and not just children who were in care for at least 12 months.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The 12 month period is considered an appropriate length of time to gauge an association between the outcome (whether that be education, health, wellbeing or criminalisation) and care status.

Furthermore, in certain circumstances, children can become looked-after as a direct result of criminal justice decisions, for example, when remanded to local authority accommodation following arrest.

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