Looked after children
What is the level of need in the population?
The numbers of looked after children in England have increased steadily year on year since 2009. In March 2013, there were 68,110 looked after children - an increase of 2 per cent compared to March 2012 and an increase of 12 per cent compared to March 2009. In Stockton-on-Tees, the rate of increase has been more marked, with a 53% rise from 235 in March 2009 to 335 in March 2013 (and a further increase to 381 at March 2014 – provisional data).
The reasons for the increasing trend nationally are complex. Work in 2010 by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services put forward a number of hypotheses for the increase in safeguarding work, including the increase in numbers of looked after children. These included:
The following summary of the profile of LAC in Stockton-on-Tees draws from analysis of a range of benchmarked data (DfE published statistical releases). The supporting charts for this summary are attached separately.
Health and Wellbeing Issues for Looked After Children in Stockton on Tees