Data from the Department of Education shows that the number of children currently being cared for by the state has increased by 2% since last year. There are now 67,050 children in care in England which is an increase from a total of 65,520 last year.
The age group most affected by being in care are 10-15 year olds, of whom 24,150 are in care. There has also been an increase in the number if babies less than a year old being taken into care.
The main reason given for children being in care is to protect them from abuse or neglect. 41,790 of the children currently in care fall into this category.
It is thought by some that the reason for these increases may be partly due to the case of “Baby P” where authorities were heavily criticised for not removing baby Peter Connolly from his mother’s care earlier.
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