Children in Care: North East

Department for Education written question – answered am ar 9 Chwefror 2024.

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Photo of Peter Gibson Peter Gibson Ceidwadwyr, Darlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2024 to Question 11541 on Children in Care, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the higher proportion of looked after children per head of population in the North East; and what steps she is taking to remedy those causes.

Photo of David Johnston David Johnston The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The number of looked after children across local areas varies for a range of reasons.

In February 2023, the department set out the ambitious and bold plans to reform children's social care through 'Stable Homes, Built on Love'.

The department’s strategy focuses on six pillars of action to transform children’s social care, including to help families overcome challenges at the earliest stage, keep children safe from significant harm, and make sure children in care have stable loving homes, long-term loving relationships and opportunities for a good life.

As part of this, the department is investing over £36 million this Spending Review to deliver a fostering recruitment and retention programme so foster care is available for more children who need it. This includes working with local authorities across the North East to co-design the North East Fostering Pathfinder to develop a foster care recruitment and retention programme of support, which launched in September 2023.

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