A Freedom Of Information request has revealed that at least 5,000 children in care in England and Wales, have been separated from their siblings.
The staggering figure was revealed after 50 councils responded to the request. The actual figure, however, is likely to be much higher. There are 125 ‘single tier’ authorities in England and Wales, which all function as billing authorities for Council Tax and local education authorities.
We could not find the Freedom Of Information request (please do let us know if you spot it), however data published by media outlets offer the following insights:
- Nearly 2,500 sibling groups, at least 5,000 children, are currently split up in care;
- In 30 of the 50 councils, more than 50% of sibling groups had been separated;
- In Islington, 73% of their sibling groups are split up;
- In Oxfordshire 68% of their sibling groups are separated;
- 60% of sibling groups are split in Cheshire…
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