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Fostering statistics

80,000 - the number of looked after children there are on any given day in the UK

12% - the increase in children in care compared with March 2009

9,000 - the number of these children who are looked after away from home

63,000 - the number who are in foster care

52,500 - the number of foster families in the UK currently caring for these children and young people

62% - the number of children put into care because of abuse or neglect

8,600 - the number of foster carers desperately needed in 2014 to meet the growing need of vulnerable children and young people across the UK

7,000 - the number of foster carers needed in England

2000 - the number of foster carers currently needed in London, which is the highest figure in the whole of the UK

Statistics taken from The Fostering Network 2014

According to the Department of Education (December 2013), of the children looked after continuously for 12 months and of the age where the child is eligible to sit key stage assessments and tests:

15.3% achieved five or more GCSEs or the equivalent including English and mathematics at grades A* to C

67.8% of school age children have some form of special educational needs

69% achieved the expected level in reading at Key Stage 1

71% achieved the expected level in mathematics at Key Stage 1

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