Children in care - the facts;Looked-after children
Many have been affected by distressing and damaging experiences, including physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Some are in care because of illness or death of a parent. The majority of looked-after children come from families who experience hardship. Two-thirds live in foster placements and the rest in residential provision or with families with social work support. l Approximately 6,500 are looked after in children's homes.
* In March 1998, 20 per cent of looked-after children were under five.
* Sixty per cent of children in care are subject to care orders.
* Looked-after children are six to eight times more likely to have a statement of special needs.
* Less than 2 per cent of young people are looked after because of offences they have committed.
* The majority of looked-after children are in mainstream school.