Research - children - Children in care outcome study
1 At 30 September 2003 there were 44,900 children who had
been looked after continuously for at least twelve months
by English local authorities. This
compares to 44,100 at 30 September 2002.
2 35,100 of these children were of school age and of these
27% had SEN statements, 12% missed at least 25 days of school,
and 1% received a permanent exclusion. These percentages were
similar to last year.
3 On average 53% of those looked after children in the appropriate
age group achieved level 2 at Key Stage 1, 42% level 4 at
Key Stage 2 and 23% level 5 at Key Stage 3. The comparable
percentages for all children were 85%, 78% and 69% respectively.
4 The proportion of children continuously looked after for
at least 12 months aged 11 and obtaining KS2 English and Maths
was 49% of the proportion of all
children. This compares with 46% in 2002.
5 In school year 11, 53% of looked after
children obtained at least one GCSE or GNVQ compared with
95% of all school children. These figures were similar to
last year. 43% did not sit an examination of this type in
2003 compared with 42% in 2002.
6 9% obtained at least 5 GCSE’s
(or equivalent) at grades A*- C compared with 53% of all children.
This compares to 8% and 52% in 2002. 15% of councils had at
least 15% of their children achieving this level in 2003.
This compares with 13% in 2002.
7 At the end of school year 11, 57% remained
in fulltime education compared to 72% of all school-leavers.
22% were unemployed the September after leaving
school compared to 7% of all school-leavers.
8 10% of these looked after children
aged 10 or over, were cautioned or convicted for an offence
during the year, 3 times the rate for all children of this
age. This rate has stayed very similar over the past 2 years.
9 For 72% of these looked after children
immunisations were up to date, 75% had a dental check, and
75% had an annual health assessment. In 2002
these figures were 73%, 72% and 71% respectively