13 05 27 Ed TimpsonOn 20th May 2013, Madeleine Moon, MP for Bridgend asked the Secretary of State for Education:

how many children under 18 years old have died, while in care of local authorities in the last 10 years, in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement.

Edward Timpson, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, answered as Secretary of State for Education:

Information on the number of children who die while in the care of local authorities in England is shown in the following table. Figures are given for each English region for the year 2003 to 2012.

The number of children who die while in the care of local authorities in England is low, typically around 50 children per year. Due to these low numbers and to protect their identities, figures cannot be provided for each individual local authority.

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
England 60 60 70 60 70 50 50 50 50 40
North East 0 (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)
North West 10 10 10 10 20 10 10 10 10 (4)
Yorkshire and the Humber 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4) (4) 10 10 10
East Midlands (4) (4) (4) (4) 10 (4) (4) (4) (4) (4)
West Midlands 10 10 10 (4) 10 10 10 10 10 (4)
East of England 10 10 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4) 10 (4)
London 10 10 10 20 20 10 10 10 10 10
Inner London 10 10 (4) 10 10 (4) 10 10 10 (4)
Outer London 10 10 10 10 10 (4) (4) (4) (4) 10
South East 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 (4) 10
South West (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) (4) 10 (4) 10 (4)
(1) Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. (2) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short-term placements. (3) Regional figures do not add up to England total due to rounding. (4) Figures not shown in order to protect confidentiality. Source: SSDA 903.

This is one of the many reasons for campaigning a bit more vigorously:

  • are there criminal cases investigating each of these deaths? 
  • why does ‘confidentiality’ protect Local Authorities when a child dies?
  • are the parents compensated for losing their child to the local authorities who was supposed to take better care than the parents?

As a first step, I am writing to the President of the Family Courts, Justice Munby.

As a second step, I continue to promote our online petitions:

  1. Stop Forced Adoptions in the UK - aimed at UKIP and Parliaments in Brussels and London
  2. The Secrecy in Family Courts should be lifted Now - aimed at the UK Parliament and Judiciary

I also put an overview of online petitions together. Will you at least click and sign / like ? Or do you have other ideas for sharing this information?

Here’s the Government’s Policy on improving the adoption system and services for looked-after children, including Funding for foster care recruitment boost unveiled.

With thanks to Grandfather Phil Thompson who’s still fighting to get his grandchildren back!

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