In 2014, the proportion of children being looked after in Hackney and the City (56 per 10,000) was similar to the London and national averages (54 and 60 per 10,000, respectively), but lower than the average of its statistical peers. 4  Given that the majority of these LAC are from Hackney, and the number of LAC in the City of London is small (11 in total over all of 2014/15), the following detail relates only to Hackney LAC.

Table 5 shows that both locally and nationally the number of LAC has increased over the last five years. However, the number is increasing faster locally than nationally, with a 22% increase in Hackney between 2011 and 2014, compared to a 5% increase nationally and a 9% average decrease among Hackney’s statistical peers. This increase has predominantly occurred in those aged 10 and over, both locally and nationally. 5

Table 5: Number of looked after children on 31 MarchB

Source: Children’s Social Care Bi-Annual Report to Members, London Borough of Hackney, July 2015

The emotional wellbeing of LAC is calculated through the ‘average difficulties score’ – where a score of under 14 is considered normal and a higher score indicates greater difficulties. The score for children who are aged 5-16 years and have been looked after for at least 12 months (as of 31 March 2014) was 13.9 in Hackney – matching the national average. 6

Data outlined in the ‘Children’s Social Care Sufficiency Strategy’ demonstrate that the proportion of LAC with a disability in Hackney (3.5% in 2015) has remained stable for the past four years.

Notes

  1. 2015 data are not yet available for statistical peers.
  2. 2015 data are not yet available for statistical peers.

References

  1. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015.
  2. “Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2015,” Office for National Statistics, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/464756/SFR34_2015_Text.pdf. [Accessed January 2016]
  3. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015.
  4. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015.
  5. “Children looked after in England (including adoption and care leavers) year ending 31 March 2015,” Office for National Statistics, 2015. [Online]. Available: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/464756/SFR34_2015_Text.pdf. [Accessed January 2016]
  6. “Public Health Profiles (‘Fingertips’),” Public Health England, 2015.