54% rise in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being looked after in England
The number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children being looked after in England has jumped by more than half in the space of a year.
A total of 4,210 children claiming asylum in the UK were reported as being in the care of local authorities as of March 31 2016.
This was up 54% on the previous year, according to new figures from the Department for Education (DfE).
It is also the highest total since current records began in 2004.
Roughly nine in 10 of the children were male, while t hree in four were aged 16 or over.
The highest numbers were reported in areas where there are routes into the... read more
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