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Number of looked after children in Wales in last year rose by 6 per cent

Less than half of 19 year old care leavers known to be in education, training or employment

The latest National Statistics on Children Looked After in Wales produced by the Welsh Government have been released.  It includes data for Wales for the period up to the end of March 2012.

5,726 children were looked after on 31 March 2012, an increase of 310 (6 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 92 per 10,000 population aged under 18. The increase in England for the same period was 3 per cent. The number of looked after children in Wales has increased by 24 per cent over the last five years.

There were 524 children looked after at 31st March 2012 (9 per cent) who had three or more placements in 2011-12.

Local authorities were in touch with 93 per cent of 19 year old care leavers; 47 per cent of 19 year old care leavers were known to be in education, training or employment.

The statistical report can be read in full here.