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.
Reference Id: SFR20/2010
Publication type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Underlying Statistical data
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.