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.
|Yorkshire and the Humber||10||(4)—||10||(4)—||10||(4)—||(4)—||10||10||10|
|East of England||10||10||10||(4)—||10||(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:
- Stop Forced Adoptions in the UK – aimed at UKIP and Parliaments in Brussels and London
- 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!
- Dear man in a suit: A conversation with Edward Timpson about SEN reform (undiagnosed.org.uk)
- Rochdale children’s services team told to improve or government will take over (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Essex: Families urged to consider opening up their homes during Foster Care Fortnight (eadt.co.uk)
- Fast forward to integrated services for care leavers (centrallobby.politicshome.com)
- Correspondence: Joint letter to all directors of children’s services (gov.uk)
- Support family carers says minister (bbc.co.uk)
- Government: Children left waiting for too long (itv.com)
- Greater Manchester police chief reveals how one girl in care has run away 405 times (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Time for radical changes to our shameful system of child protection (telegraph.co.uk)
- Young girl ‘sexually abused’ after being left in the care of convicted paedophile, report reveals (walesonline.co.uk)