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Children brought up in care have far poorer life prospects

7th Jun 2009 | in Social Care

The number of children and young people in the care of local authorities in England stood at 81,000 in 2007, an increase of 18 per cent in a decade.

A host of data from the Department for Children, Schools and Families starkly illustrate the poorer life prospects of children brought up in the care system.

Children taken into care are two and a half times more likely to become teenage parents and 66 times more likely to have their own children taken into care.

Less than 23 per cent of children in care achieved level 5 at Key Stage 3 in Sats exams at the age of 14 compared with 69 per cent of all children. Only 13 per cent of children in care attained five good GCSEs compared with 62 per cent of all children. And only 57 per cent of cared for children remained in full time education after the age of 16 compared to 72 per cent of all children.

Just one per cent of care leavers go to university compared with 37 per cent of young people living with their birth parents. Around 10 per cent of children aged 10 and over who have been in care have been cautioned or convicted of an offence, three times the rate for all children of the same age.
Between a quarter and a third of people sleeping rough had been in care.

And at least one in seven young women leaving the care system is pregnant or already a mother.


  • On 15th Jun 2009 at 02:46 PM not a MP said...

    What about all the adoptions that fail, children are then re-sold and kept in 'care'?

    our so-called 'care' system is nothing more than a 'cash' industry ; every one in it makes money out of these children

  • On 15th Jun 2009 at 04:01 PM not a MP said...

    this says it all, take a look at the figures,
    absolutely shocking

  • On 16th Dec 2009 at 10:22 PM Barlow said...

    Its just a thought,Psa; for the La for hiting there adoption targets.Should be called DIRTY FILTHY CASH and should also have a small print explaining the corupute and discuting state of britsh family courts and that a Psa Personal service agreement really means that PARENTS SHAFFTED ALLOVER means that the La our stealing our children to reach there Psa

  • On 31st Mar 2010 at 08:00 PM Diane said...

    I would like to know where I can get hold of these statistic at source. I am a student of health and social care and have to use references as evidence for all my written work assignments.
    I would not be able to use this site as a reference, much as I'd like.

  • On 9th Sep 2010 at 05:18 AM Dandy said...

    I agree, Children are far better off with 'responsible' Parents.

    Perhaps what the Survey does not reflect on most is most of these Children are the ones whose Families "does not care about them" which results in them being in Local Authority Care in the first place.

    The 'disgraceful aspect' is Family Court believes all the 'fabrications and inconsistencies' that Social Services reports to them but, I am proving them 100% WRONG, I'LL FIGHT THEM WITH 'THE TRUTH' TILL THE DAY I DIE.

    What I'm trying to say is..why do Local Authorities 'deceptively' use the 'unjust' immunities given to them by Family Court to take your loving Children away form you when you are wonderful caring Parents?

    This is not constitutional and just in any humane Society, we are supposed to be treated democratically and living happily with Liberty and having our Human Rights adhered to by both 'the draconian' Family Court and Local Authorities.


  • On 22nd Mar 2011 at 11:54 PM Carol said...

    Socail services like schools are abusing the care system to meet competitive targets set by the government. Our children appear to be suffering more in care than at home, so why remove a child to make a child worse? The care system is supposed to help them not damage them further. Unfortunately, while ever the Social care budget is being cut, there is going to be less help that socialworkers are able to offer which would enable children to stay at home. I am being victimized by them at this very moment for my home being undecorated and untidy, and Socail Serv ices haven't bothered considering the mess they left me in before this. While they are allowed to carry on being unhelpful, more children in care and at home are being put at risk. The Social Care system is unfair, we need to push and rectify this, before more children get hurt for the sake of competion.

  • On 6th Jul 2014 at 02:26 PM Carolyn said...

    My self and my husband have been fighting to get our grandchildren back but have come to a end as we r both in wheelchairs we have had not boys with us but sw and LA and judge have said I am a bad mother grandmother and a bad wife I am none of them and have do all we can to fight but get it back bad we have been going though this for 2 and a half years and still no good they come in to our home tell me I have to get ride of my dog (we did this) and to make up the 2nd room for both boys so they can see wot it is like and all we got was sorry u can not and will not have the boys back it makes me sad that we have to go though all this just because we r both in wheelchairs

  • On 28th Jul 2014 at 06:06 AM Diane said...

    Carolyn perhaps there is more that you can do and you need to get more support. Have you tried the Disability rights UK?

    See the video there from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

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