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Rise in number of children in care placed outside Peterborough authority

More than half of children in care were given placements outside of the Peterborough area last year, figures show. 
The council has said that around 80% of children in its care live within 50 miles of the city

A Freedom of Information request put to Peterborough City Council (PCC) reveals that in 2020/21 there were 399 children in care in Peterborough. Of these, 206 (51.6%) were placed outside of the Peterborough unitary authority area. 

This is more than the 47.2% of children in care placed outside of the Peterborough area in 2019/20 and 45.7% in 2018/19. 

A PCC spokesperson said: “As a small unitary council, many of our children count as being placed out of area even if they live just outside the city in Cambridgeshire or Lincolnshire.  

“The vast majority of our children (around 80%) live within 50 miles of the city.” 

In 2020/21, the council also placed 26 children in unregulated accommodation and one child in unregistered accommodation. 

The council said that the unregistered placement was made “due to a lack of availability of other suitable registered provision and information from the provider that the registration process was close to completion”. 

The spokesperson said: “There is an acute shortage of placements for children in care nationally, which is affecting all local authorities.  

“If you think you could help a child in care to live in a loving home locally, please think about fostering for Peterborough City Council: you will receive lots of support, training and receive a fee.” 

Full details can be found on the fostering and adoption page of the city council website.