Statistics - national statistics

Private fostering arrangements in England, year ending 31 March 2010

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.

Documents

Main Text: SFR20/2010

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Main tables: SFR20/2010

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Underlying data: SFR20/2010

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Detail

Reference Id: SFR20/2010

Publication type: Statistical First Release

Publication data: Underlying Statistical data

Region: England

Release date: 06 July 2010

Coverage status: Final

Publication status: Published

This publication provides figures for the numbers of notifications and new private fostering arrangements taking place in England for the year ending 31 March 2010. 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).

The key points from this release are:

  • At 31 March 2010, 1,590 children were reported as being cared for and accommodated in private fostering arrangements in England. This compares with 1,530 children reported at 31 March 2009 and 1,330 at 31 March 2008.

  • 1,940 new private fostering arrangements began during the year to 31 March 2010, a decrease compared to 1,980 arrangements beginning in the previous year.

    • Of the 2,040 cases where action was taken in accordance with requirements for carrying out visits, 1,520 (75 percent) were carried out within 7 working days; in 2009 this figure was 77 percent.

As part of a Government drive for data transparency in official publications we have included supporting data for this publication as an additional table below, and also supplementary information showing the data collection form and the collection guidance notes.

Jessica Vickerstaff
01325 735768

Jessica.Vickerstaff@education.gsi.gov.uk