This release provides the number of notifications of private fostering arrangements in England during the year ending 31 March 2013.
This statistical first release (SFR) provides figures on notifications received by local authorities of children cared for and accommodated in private fostering arrangements in England. It also reports on actions carried out by the local authority in accordance with the requirements for carrying out visits (under the Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005).
A privately fostered child is defined as one under the age of 16 (18 if disabled) that is cared for by someone other than a parent or close relative as defined in section 105 of the Children Act 1989.
These figures update those previously published in SFR 15/2012 on 24 July 2012.
The key points from this publication are:
at 31 March 2013, 1,500 children were reported to be privately fostered, a 4% decrease from the previous year, this figure is now at its lowest for the past 5 years
2,500 new private fostering arrangements were reported to have begun, a 3% increase on the previous year
2,590 private fostering arrangements were reported to have ended, a 3% increase on the previous year
for the first time since the collection began in 2005, the majority (53%) of children reported to be privately fostered were born overseas
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