The University of Huddersfield and University of Central Lancashire have published findings from research looking at the number of babies being taken into state care in their first week of life. Figures from Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to the Department for Education, which provided access to national data collected from local authorities in England, show that in the decade to 2018 the proportion of children in England born into care rose from 26 to 48 per 10,000 live births.
Read the news story: Research shows that the number of children born into care almost doubled between 2008 and 2018
Read the report: Born into care: evidence of a failed state (available to download free for 50 days on Science Direct)
Source: University of Huddersfield
Date: 18 June 2020