Children in care numbers at a 20-year high, according to NAO

By: Juliet
On: Thursday, 27 November, 2014
Children in Care

Local authorities in England looked after 68,110 children (at the end of March 2013), the highest level for 20 years.

Local authorities spent £2.5 billion in 2012-13 supporting children in foster and residential care, a real terms increase of 3{4d7d21dcfe027af225be5b6125ce2baf21e7d2eacb81e00270ece0ce9d14672d} since 2010-11.

The Department for Education cannot demonstrate that it is meeting its objectives for children in foster and residential care, a report by the Government’s spending watchdog has found. The long-term consequences of such children not getting the right care are poorer outcomes for them and increased costs to local authorities and taxpayers.

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Source: Family Law News