Children in care total rises 12% in four years

The number of children in council care in England has risen by 12%, with overall costs calculated at £3.4bn.

The latest numbers show there were 68,110 children in care on 31 March 2013, including 42,228 who had suffered abuse or neglect.

This figure has risen by 12% or 7,210 in four years, according to the Audit Commission.

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