On 31 March 2015, there were 345 looked after children (LAC) in Hackney – a rate of 56 per 10,000 children. Of these, 17 (5%) were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).

Two fifths (19%) of Hackney’s LAC were placed within the borough, a quarter (24%) placed in a neighbouring local authority area and more than half (57%) wider afield (predominantly other London local authorities or Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire). Due to a deliberate focus on providing placements in family settings, only 3% of children are placed in children’s homes.

Data outlined in the Hackney Children and Young People’s Service ‘Social Care Sufficiency Strategy’B demonstrate that, in 2015, in Hackney, 3.5% of LAC had a disability, with the most common needs being autistic spectrum disorder and mobility issues. 2

During 2014/15, the City of London looked after 11 children. However, this is not comparable to the data provided for Hackney, which relate to how many are looked after on one specific day (31 March). Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) account for almost all of the LAC, which is a much higher proportion than in Hackney, and results in different health needs. All LAC from the City of London are placed outside of the local authority.

Notes

  1. The sufficiency strategy is a strategic plan to meet demands for care and address gaps in provision.
  2. The sufficiency strategy is a strategic plan to meet demands for care and address gaps in provision.

References

  1. “Children and Young People’s Service Children’s Social Care Sufficiency Strategy 2016-2018,” London Borough of Hackney, 2016
  2. “Children and Young People’s Service Children’s Social Care Sufficiency Strategy 2016-2018,” London Borough of Hackney, 2016