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Children in Care: Refugees

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL4217, tabled on 19 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many child refugees are currently in looked after care in the UK.

Answered on

2 December 2021

The department does not collect data on all child refugees that are currently in care, but does collect data on the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) who are looked after by local authorities in England. Of the 80,850 children looked after up to 31 March 2021, there were 4,070 UASC, down 20% from the previous year which was 5,060.

Figures on the number of children looked after who were UASC were published recently in the annual statistical release at:

Figures on children who were UASC outside England is a matter for the devolved administrations.