Rise in number of babies taken into care
DfE statistics show that the number of babies taken into care has risen by 8%
Published on 10th October 2017
The number of babies being taken into care is increasing, figures have shown.
Department for Education statistics reveal that over recent years the numbers of looked after children aged under 1 year have been decreasing and at 31 March 2017 they are down 11% on five years ago
However between 2016 and 2017, the number of babies under one taken into care increased by 8% or 280 children.
The DfE figures show that between 2016 and 2017, the number of children in care increased by three per cent as more children started to be looked after in 2017 than ceased to be looked-after.
In addition, the characteristics of looked after children and care leavers have been influenced by the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children cohort who tend to be non-white British, older children, with a main category of need of absent parenting.
The number of looked after children at 31 March 2017 who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children increased by 6% compared to last year, up to 4,560 from 4,300 in 2016, and up 134% from 1,950 in 2013.
There has been a greater increase in female unaccompanied asylum seeking children as male unaccompanied asylum-seeking children rose by 5% whereas female unaccompanied asylum-seeking children rose by 19% between 2016 and 2017.
Females still only account for 8% of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.
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