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Number of children in foster care rises by 3 per cent over last year

Almost 55,000 children and young people placed with foster carers

The number of children in foster care rose by 3 per cent in the year to 31 March 2019. At that date there were almost 55,000 children and young people placed with foster carers. There was also an increase in fostering households – by 2 per cent to 44,450 – in that period. The figures, which had also risen by about a thousand in each of the previous two years, are included in a release by Ofsted.

Although the number of approved fostering places has increased by 1 per cent since 31 March 2018, the number of children entering foster care has increased at a faster pace (3 per cent). This means that there were fewer places available for children to be placed in on 31 March 2019 than the same date in 2018.

On 31 March 2019, 21 per cent of all carers in independent fostering agencies (IFAs) were from non-white ethnic groups, compared with 12 per cent of carers in local authorities. During 2018 to 2019, 24 per cent of newly approved carers in IFAs were from non-white ethnic groups, compared with 10 per cent of new carers in local authorities.

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14/11/19