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Nadhim Zahawi
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<p>One of the key principles of the legislation which underpins the UK’s child protection system is that children are best looked after within their families, but that is not always possible. As a last resort, after other steps have failed, local authorities may apply to the independent courts for a decision about removing a child from his or her family – for the child’s safety.</p><p>Local authorities are required to submit annual budget and outturn statements about their spending on children’s services, including spend on children looked after, to my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State. This data is published at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-local-authority-school-finance-data" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/statistics-local-authority-school-finance-data</a>.</p><p> </p><p>We also publish information on the average weekly unit costs of looked after children, by local authority, in the Local Authority Interactive Tool. This can be found here:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-interactive-tool-lait" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-authority-interactive-tool-lait</a>.</p><p> </p><p>These sources give information on both the aggregate and average costs to local authorities associated with supporting and accommodating looked after children. The cost of support and care placements varies across individual children. The impact on child welfare through, for example, a reduction in exposure to harm or potential harm will also vary across individual children and will be dependent on the context of the situation.</p><p> </p><p> </p>
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