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Publication of ‘Children in Care in Northern Ireland 2010/11 Statistical Bulletin’

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published the ‘Children in Care in Northern Ireland 2010/11 Statistical Bulletin’.
Thursday, 6 December 2012

This statistical bulletin presents information on children and young people looked after continuously for at least 12 months at 30 September 2011, gathered from Health & Social Care Trusts. It details findings from the OC2 collection of information on the educational achievements of these young people at Key Stage Assessments and GCSE/GNVQ. It also includes information on their age and gender, religion, disability, length of time in care, placement type, health assessments completed and offences and convictions.

Key Findings

7 At 30 September 2011, 1,838 children and young people had been looked after continuously for 12 months or longer. Of these, 53% were boys and 47% were girls; 95% were White, and 14% were Disabled;

  • Three quarters (75%) of children were of school age, 25% of whom had a statement of Special Educational Need (4% for the general school population), 1% had a permanent exclusion from school, 8% had been suspended from school, and 10% had missed at least 25 school days within the relevant school year;
  • From 2007/08 to 2010/11, the proportion of eligible looked after children attaining Key Stage 1 Level 2 or above increased by 16 percentage points in both English and Maths, to 67% and 68% respectively. During 2010/11, equivalent figures for the general school population were 94% and 95% for English and Maths respectively;
  • For Key Stage 2 assessments, 36% and 45% of eligible children attained Level 4 or above in English and Maths during 2010/11, compared with 27% and 30% respectively in 2007/08. General school population figures for 2010/11 were 82% for English and 83% for Maths;
  • At Key Stage 3, one third of children eligible to be tested achieved Level 5 or above in English (33%) and 31% achieved this in Maths, compared with 25% and 29% in 2007/08, respectively. The equivalent figures for the general school population were 79% and 77%;
  • In 2010/11, 63% of looked after children attained at least one GCSE/GNVQ at grades A* to G, an increase of 13 percentage points from 2007/08; this compared with 100% of the general school population;
  • Just below one in ten (9%) children aged 10 or over had been cautioned or convicted of an offence whilst in care during the year ending 30 September 2011. This figure was 7% for looked after children in England in 2010/11.

Notes to editors:

1. This publication is available on line

2. About the data:

The source of the data contained in this release is the Departmental OC2 statistical return, collected from Health and Social Services Trusts during the period 1 October 2011 to 31 August 2012.

3. This statistical bulletin was produced by Community Information Branch, DHSSPS.

Further information is available from:

Community Information Branch
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Room 11, Annexe 2,
Castle Buildings,
Stormont Belfast BT4 3SP

Tel: (028) 90 522580
Fax: (028) 90 523288

4. Media enquiries to the DHSSPS Press Office on 028 9052 0575 or out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 076 9971 5440 and your call will be immediately returned.