This bulletin presents the latest figures on looked after children in Northern Ireland. The OC2 community information return is specifically designed to collect information on children while they are in care, expressly for children who have been in care continuously for 12 months or longer.
This publication, first published in 2004, collects information relating to the educational qualifications,health and other key areas of children looked after continuously for 12 months or more at 30 September each year. Comparisons are included where possible with the general Northern Ireland population and with looked after children in other UK countries. These comparisons should however be treated with caution as they relate at times to very different cohorts of children or slightly different time periods.