Children in Care and Foster Care

Department for Education written question – answered at on 13 March 2024.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of children who were looked-after in a (a) relative and (b) friend foster placement in each local authority in the 2022-23 financial year.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the number of children by (a) age, (b) gender and (c) ethnicity who were looked-after in a (i) relative and (ii) friend foster placement in the 2022-23 financial year.

Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many of the looked-after children who were cared for in a relative or friend foster placement on 31 March 2023 had also been in (a) an unrelated foster placement, (b) another relative or friend placement, (c) a children's home and (d) other provision for looked-after children.

Photo of David Johnston David Johnston The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The latest figures on children looked after who were cared for in a relative or friend foster placement by age, gender and ethnicity and at local authority level are shown in the attached tables. The department does not hold the data broken down separately into relative foster placements and friend foster placements, therefore the combined totals have been provided. Data has been provided for children looked after between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023.

Full information on the former placement arrangements of children looked after who are in a relative or friend foster placement is not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

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