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Adoptions Statistics for England and Wales
(includes adoption consent dispensed with)
Joint Inquiry into Children Who Go Missing from Care Extract (point 9):
In June 2012, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and the APPG for Looked-after Children and Care
Leavers published the report of their joint inquiry into children who go missing from care.
The report argued that the Government was under-reporting the number of children going missing from care. While the official figure for 2011 was 930, the report argues that, according to police data, an estimated 10,000 individual children went missing. The report cited that this high number was symptomatic of a care system which was far from being fit for purpose and in need of an urgent rethink.
JUDICIAL COURT STATISTICS (page 26)
In 2011, there were 32,739 children involved in disposals of public law
cases, including 31,515 orders made, 792 applications withdrawn, 350 orders of no order and 72 orders refused.
Only 72 care orders refused out of 32,739 cases !What chance do these poor parents have in our hopelessly prejudiced "family courts"?
Judicial and Court statistics 2011 - Gov.uk
Children in public care
67,050 children were in the care of local authorities on 31st March 2012
75% (50,260) of children looked after on 31st March 2012 were living with foster carers
9% (5,930) were living in secure units, children's homes or hostels
5% (3,600) were living with their parents
4% (2,680) were placed for adoption
3% (2,340) were with another placement in the community
3% (1,980) were placed in residential schools or other residential settings
It is interesting to note that NO stats are kept on the number of adoption breakdowns. Recent suggestions is that this figure may be around at least 20% of the total number of adoption but whilst the figures remain elusive for public scrutiny, even 10% is a number far to high. We speculate that the percentage is far higher then the 20% which is why there is no official government publication.
AFFECTS OF BEING IN CARE
Children who spend time in the care system are less likely than other children to achieve academic success or benefit from stable relationships.hey are more likely to have problems with crime, drugs and mental health than their peers.
On leaving primary school, 43% of children in care will have reached the national curriculum test level expected for their age - compared with 74% of all children.
Almost one third of children in care leave school with no GCSEs or vocational tests like GNVQs.
Only 13.2% of children in care obtain five good GCSEs - compared with 57.9% of all children.
Only 6% of care leavers go to university - compared with 38% of all young people.
One third of care leavers are not in education, employment or training - compared with 13% of all young people.
More than one in 10 children had three or more placements in 2010.
27% of the adult prison population has been in care and almost 40% of prisoners under 21 were in care as children (only 2% of the general population spend time in prison).
A quarter of young women leaving care are pregnant or already mothers, and nearly half become mothers by the age of 24.