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Children in Care: Death

Question for Department for Education

UIN 125326, tabled on 18 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many children in care aged 16 and 17 died while they were living in (a) semi-independent or (b) independent accommodation in each of the last five years.

Answered on

23 February 2022

The total number of looked after children, aged 16 to 17 years, who have died whilst in independent or semi-independent accommodation during the 5-year period between 2016-17 to 2020-2021, was 29. Due to the small numbers involved, this figure cannot be broken down by accommodation status, age or into separate years to protect confidentiality.

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