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Children in care figures — South Derbyshire statistics on the decrease

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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THE number of children admitted into care in South Derbyshire has fallen, new figures reveal.

According to the report which will go before Derbyshire County Council’s improvement and scrutiny committee there were 29 children in care as of October 2013 - down from 33 during 2010-11.

The fall mirrors a county-wide trend in which the number of youngsters admitted to care services has fallen from 306 to 272 in the same period.

This means the county council looked after 632 children as of October 2013 – down from 660 in 2010-11 and from 700 the year after.

A spokesman from the county council said the authority is now hunting for caring households to sign up to its fostering and adoption service.

The spokesman said: “We work to continually recruit more foster carers to our 430-strong team, and find suitable adoptive families, so we can always place children in our care in the right homes for them.”

The percentage of children re-admitted to care services in South Derbyshire was also lower than any other district in the county with 6.9 per cent re-admitted.

This compared to a county average of 15.8 per cent and significantly less than Erewash where 30 per cent were re-admitted.

Anyone who is interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent is asked to call the county council on 0800 0837744

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