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

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% 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

    

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