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The term ‘looked after’ has a specific, legal meaning based on the Children Act 1989. A child is looked after by a local authority if he or she is provided with accommodation for a continuous period of more than 24 hours (under Section 20 and 21), or if he or she is subject to a care order (Children Act 1989, Part IV) and/or placement order.

The rate of children in full time looked after care in County Durham is significantly higher than England and lower than the North East.

Looked after children are known to have high rates of Special Educational Need (SEN).

Factsheet: Looked After Children (PDF, 1,328kb)

LAC Health Needs Assessment

Key messages

  • A higher percentage of children looked after in County Durham are under 10 years old compared to national figures,
  • Abuse or neglect is the highest category of need in County Durham at 77%, (England 61%),
  • In 2016, at Key Stage 4, 30.8% of pupils who have been looked after for 12 months or more achieved A*-C in both English and Mathematics GCSEs compared to 62.3% of the general school population. National attainment rates were 17.5% for LAC and 59.3% for the general school population. The North East rate was 22.5% and 61.6% respectively.

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