Reference Id: SFR15/2012
Publication Type: Statistical First Release
Publication data: Local Authority data
Local Authority data: LA data
Release Date: 24 July 2012
Coverage status: Final
Publication Status: Published
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.
This publication provides figures for the numbers of notifications and new private fostering arrangements taking place in England, the year ending 31 March 2012.
Following from this, 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).
These figures update those previously published in SFR 16/2011 on 5 July 2011.
The key points from this publication are:
- The number of children reported as being cared for and accommodated in private fostering arrangements rose from 1,650 at 31 March 2011 to 1,780 at 31 March 2012, an 8% increase (34% increase from 2008).
- The number of arrangements starting in the 2012 financial year increased from 2,310 to 2,420, a 5% increase on the previous financial year (55% increase from 2008).
- The number of arrangements ending in the 2012 financial year increased from 2,330 to 2,520, an 8% increase on the previous financial year (66% increase from 2008).
As part of a government drive for data transparency in official publications we have included supporting data for this publication.