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First Aid: Education

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) which local authorities are engaged in partnerships with local ambulance services and local schools to provide first aid training for school pupils; and if he will make a statement; [210680]

(2) if he will make it his policy to support partnerships between local authorities and ambulance services to provide first aid training for school pupils; and if he will make a statement; [210681]

(3) which schools in Essex provide first aid training for their pupils through a partnership between the local authority and Essex Ambulance Service; and if he will make a statement. [210683]

Jim Knight: My Department does not collect information on the number of schools providing first aid training for pupils, whether in partnership with local ambulance services or not, nor on which local authorities have arrangements with local ambulance services for such training. It is for schools to determine if and how they teach children about the principles and practice of first aid, and my Department has provided guidance to schools on this. We welcome co-operation
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between schools and partners such as local ambulance services, but do not prescribe with whom schools should work to deliver education on specific issues; that is for schools to decide for themselves.

Foster Care

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many looked-after children were placed in foster care with (a) relatives or friends, (b) local authority-provided foster carers and (c) agency-arranged foster carers in the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many of each such type of foster placement was with carers living (i) inside and (ii) outside the local authority area. [210753]


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Kevin Brennan: Information on the numbers and percentages of children looked after placed in foster care with (a) relatives or friends, (b) local authority-provided foster carers and (c) agency-arranged foster carers and (i) inside and (ii) outside the local authority area, is shown in the following table. The information is taken from table A3 of the Statistical First Release (SFR 27/2007) entitled ‘Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2007’. The SFR is located at

and table A3 can be found within the first set of Excel tables on the website.


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Table A3: children looked after at 31 March by placement, 2003-07( 1,2,3)
Numbers Percentages
Placement at 31 March 2003( 4) 2004( 5) 2005( 5) 2006( 5) 2007( 5) 2003( 4) 2004( 5) 2005( 5) 2006( 5) 2007( 5)

All children looked after at 31 March(1,2)

61,200

61,200

61,000

60,300

60,000

100

100

100

100

100

Foster placements

41,000

41,200

41,300

41,700

42,300

67

67

68

69

71

Foster placement inside Council boundary:

With relative or friend

5,800

5,800

5,600

5,300

5,100

9

9

9

9

8

With other foster carer:

provided by Council

21,900

21,000

20,400

20,000

20,200

36

34

33

33

34

arranged through agency

1,100

1,400

1,600

2,000

2,400

2

2

3

3

4

Foster placement outside Council boundary:

With relative or friend

1,900

2,000

2,000

2,000

1,900

3

3

3

3

3

With other foster carer:

provided by Council

4,900

5,100

5,200

5,400

5,300

8

8

9

9

9

arranged through agency

5,300

6,100

6,500

7,000

7,400

9

10

11

12

12

Placed for adoption( 6)

3,800

3,600

3,400

3,000

2,500

6

6

6

5

4

Placed for adoption with consent with current foster carer (under S19AA 2002)

(8)3,800

(9)3,600

(9)360

(10)330

(10)130

(12)6

(12)6

(12)1

(13)1

0

Placed for adoption with placement order with current foster carer (under S21AA 2002)

(8)

(9)

(10)150

0

Placed for adoption with consent not with current foster care (under S19AA 2002)

(8)

(9)

(9)3,100

(11)2,700

(11)640

(12)5

(14)4

1

Placed for adoption with placement order not with current foster carer (under S21 AA 2002)

(8)

(9)

(11)1,600

3

Placement with parents

6,300

5,900

5,800

5,400

5,100

10

10

9

9

9

Other placement in the community

1,300

1,500

1,500

1,600

1,600

2

2

3

3

3

Living independently

1,200

1,500

1,500

1,600

1,600

2

2

2

3

3

Residential employment

10

10

0

0

Secure units, children’s homes and hostels

6,800

7,000

7,000

6,600

6,500

11

11

11

11

11

Secure unit inside Council boundary

40

30

30

20

30

0

0

0

0

0

Secure unit outside Council boundary(7)

210

210

220

170

170

0

0

0

0

0

Homes and hostels subject to Children's Homes regulations:

inside Council boundary

3,300

3,200

3,000

3,000

2,900

5

5

5

5

5

outside Council boundary

2,700

2,600

2,600

2,300

2,300

4

4

4

4

4

Homes and hostels not subject to Children's Homes regulations

530

910

1,100

1,100

1,100

1

1

2

2

2

Other residential settings

600

560

560

570

610

1

1

1

1

1

Residential care homes

220

200

210

230

230

0

0

0

0

0

NHS Trust providing medical/nursing care

90

80

90

80

70

0

0

0

0

0

Family centre or mother and baby unit

170

130

150

120

150

0

0

0

0

0

Young offenders institution or prison

110

140

110

140

160

0

0

0

0

0

Residential schools

1,300

1,200

1,100

1,100

1,100

2

2

2

2

2

Missing -Absent for more than 24 hours from agreed placement

120

120

140

140

160

0

0

0

0

0

In refuge (section 51 of Children Act, 1989)

—0

0

0

0

0

Whereabouts known (not in refuge)

40

40

20

20

30

0

0

0

0

0

Whereabouts unknown

80

90

120

120

120

0

0

0

0

0

Other placement

100

110

100

120

120

0

0

0

0

0

(1) Source: SSDA903 return on children looked after.
(2) Figures exclude children looked after under an agreed series of short term placements.
(3) Historical data may differ from older publications. This is mainly due to the implementation of amendments and corrections sent by some local authorities after the publication date of previous materials.
(4) Figures are derived from the SSDA903 one third sample survey.
(5) Figures are taken from the SSDA903 return which, since 2003-04 has covered all children looked after.
(6) Since 2004-05 placed for adoption has been disaggregated by whether the placement is or is not with current foster carer. In 2006-07 placement also disaggregated according to whether consent was given or a placement order sought.
(7) There are currently only 19 secure units operating in England therefore most placements will inevitably be outside the council boundary.
(8-14) These figures are braced.

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