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% 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