Children in Care: Special Educational Needs:Written question - 6501

Q
Asked by Ann Coffey
(Stockport)
Asked on: 20 July 2017
Department for Education
Children in Care: Special Educational Needs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, if she will provide an estimate of the number of looked-after children who have special educational needs, for each of the last five years for which information is available.
A
Answered by: Mr Robert Goodwill
Answered on: 07 September 2017

The Department publishes data on numbers of looked after children who have special educational needs, for children who have been looked after continuously for at least twelve months at 31 March. Figures for the last five years for which information is available have been summarised in the table below.

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Children looked after1 with special educational needs2

20,740

22,030

21,890

21,070

20,220

1. Children looked after continuously for at least twelve months as at 31 March excluding children in respite care. Only children who have been matched to census data and are aged 4 or above (at 31 March) have been included.

2. Children matched to school census and AP census, with known SEN status.

The figures are from the 2012 to 2016 Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March statistical first releases, which are available at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-looked-after-children.

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