Children in Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Lord Haworth Lord Haworth Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children looked after by local authorities in England and Wales were permanently placed with relatives or connected people resident outside the UK in each of the past five years.

Photo of Lord Haworth Lord Haworth Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government in which countries outside the UK local authorities in England and Wales permanently placed looked-after children with relatives or connected people in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lord Haworth Lord Haworth Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government under which type of court order local authorities in England and Wales place looked-after children in countries outside the UK.

Photo of Lord Agnew of Oulton Lord Agnew of Oulton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, Minister of State (HM Treasury), Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The number and location of looked after children in England who were permanently placed outside the UK in the last 5 years is not collected centrally by the department.

A child arrangement order, special guardianship or adoption order could be used by local authorities in England to place looked-after children in countries outside the UK when that is in the best interest of the child.

The Department does not collect information for children looked after by Welsh local authorities. This is the responsibility of the devolved administration.

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