LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN by 3AMm65

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									Looked After Children and Young
People
Children and young people
under the care and
supervision of a local
authority are referred to as
'looked after'.

Looked after children and
young people fall into two                                                        Looked After at Home

groups:                                                    240
                                                                                                                           Up 80% in 6 years

                                                           220

a) Looked after at home:                                   200

   children and young
                                         No. of Children




                                                           180
   people who are subject to
                                                           160
   a supervision
   requirement via the                                     140


   Children's Hearing                                      120


   System but remain at                                    100
                                                                 Mar- Sep-      Mar- Sep-     Mar- Sep-    Mar- Sep- Mar- Sep-         Mar- Sep- Mar-

   home with their families.                                      02   02        03   03       04   04      05   05   06   06           07   07   08




b) Looked after and                                                       Looked After Away from Home

   accommodated away                              200                  With friends/relatives/other community


   from home:
                                                  180                  With foster carers

                                                                       In residential accommodation
                                                  160
   children and young                             140

   people placed with foster
                                No. of Children




                                                  120

   carers or in a residential                     100


   setting by the local                                    80

                                                           60
   authority and/or by the                                 40

   Children's Hearing                                      20

   System.                                                  0
                                                                Mar-    Sep-   Mar-   Sep-   Mar-   Sep-   Mar-   Sep-   Mar-   Sep-   Mar-   Sep-   Mar-
                                                                 02      02     03     03     04     04     05     05     06     06     07     07     08
Why are children                       and                 young
people looked after?
Children and young people        children and young
can be looked after for a        people whose moral
number of reasons,               development may be
including the following:         adversely affected

  children and young             children and young
  people who have been,          people who have been
  or are at risk of being        adopted or are in the
  abused (including              process of being adopted
  physical, sexual and
  emotional abuse)               children and young
                                 people who misuse
  children and young             drugs, alcohol and/or
  people who have been,          substances
  or who are at risk of
  being neglected                children and young
                                 people whose
  children and young             educational development
  people who are at risk of      is suffering and who may
  becoming involved, or          be excluded from schools
  who are involved in
  offending behaviour            children and young
                                 people who have
  children and young             significant emotional,
  people who may be              social or behavioural
  adversely affected by          problems
  serious family difficulties,
  including domestic
  violence                       Note: This list is not exhaustive.
Some statistics as at 31.03.08
607 children looked                                                                                                   56% Boys
                                                                                                                      44% Girls
after - an increase of
                                                                                                                      53 children with a
69% in 6 years
                                                                                                                      disability
                                    No. of Children Looked After in Dundee
                                                                                                                      20 from minority
                  650
                                                                                                                      ethnic backgrounds
                  600                                                                                                 50% under 10 years
                  550
                                                                                                                      of age
No. of Children




                  500


                  450




                                                                                                                 Children and young people
                  400


                  350


                  300
                    Mar-02 Sep-02 Mar-03 Sep-03 Mar-04 Sep-04 Mar-05 Sep-05 Mar-06 Sep-06 Mar-07 Sep-07 Mar-08
                                                                                                                 looked after away from
                                                                                                                 home have, on average
                                                                                                                 been looked after for two
The average age that
                                                                                                                 and a half years.
children first become
looked after has fallen -
                                                                                                                 60% of children and young
currently around 8 years
                                                                                                                 people looked after for less
old.
                                                                                                                 than two and a half years
                                                                                              0-4 years          have experienced no more
                                                                                              5-9 years
 Age of Looked After Children                                                                 10-14 years        than 2 placements.
                                                                                              15-19 years

                          17%                         1%                         25%          over 19 years

                                                                                                                                       Accommodation
                                                                                                                                       Residential
                                                                                                                                          Care
                                                                                                                                           9%
                                                                                                                         Foster care                     At Hom e
      32%                                                                                                                   25%                            38%
                                                                                          25%
                                                                                                                                              Other
                                                                                                                                           Com m unity
                                                                                                                                           Placem ents
                                                                                                                                               28%


The average age that
children cease being
looked after has risen -                                                                                         For more information see the Dundee Children's
                                                                                                                 Services Website -
currently around 11 years                                                                                        http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/chserv/main.htm
old.
Education Attainment
"A good education holds the key to a successful future for all
our children and young people. It offers a route out of
disadvantage and poverty. It provides each new generation
with the opportunity to fulfil its potential"

(Better Education, Better Futures: Jackson and Sachdev 2001)

                   At least 1 subject at SCQF level 3 or higher

       60                                                            54         55

       50
                 38                         40
       40                                               33
                               28
 %




       30
       20
       10
       0
              2001-2002    2002-2003    2003-2004    2004-2005   2005-2006   2006-2007



                                                                                                        Both English & Maths at SCQF level 3 or higher

                                                                                               50                                                                     45
                                                                                                                                                          38
                                                                                               40

                                                                                               30
                                                                                                                                              22
                                                                                         %




                                                                                                         18                        19
                                                                                               20
                                                                                                                      10
                                                                                               10

                                                                                               0
                                                                                                      2001-2002    2002-2003   2003-2004   2004-2005   2005-2006   2006-2007



                 At least 1 subject at SCQF level 3 or above
                                                         At Home
 80%
                                                         Away from Home
 60%

 40%

 20%

 0%
            2001-2002     2002-2003    2003-2004    2004-2005    2005-2006   2006-2007


                                                                                                          Both English & Maths at SCQF level 3 or higher
                                                                                                                                               At Home
                                                                                         80%
                                                                                                                                               Away from Home
                                                                                         60%

                                                                                         40%

                                                                                         20%

                                                                                         0%
                                                                                                    2001-2002     2002-2003    2003-2004   2004-2005   2005-2006    2006-2007

								
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