Children in care in England could hit almost 100,000 by 2025

Nov 22, 2021 by

By Chris Mason & Hannah Capella, BBC:

Research commissioned by county councils said the figure would represent a 36% rise in a decade.

And the expected increase is already putting “unprecedented pressure” on local authority’s budgets.

A government spokesman said they were providing £4.8bn in funding to councils to help maintain “vital front-line services”, including children’s care.

The chairman of the County Councils Network (CCN), Tim Oliver, will explain the impact of the rising number of children in care to his organisation’s annual conference in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, later.

Mr Oliver will say “too many” vulnerable children are being placed in what he will call “expensive residential care settings” and, on average, they are staying in the care system for longer.

Taking a child into care is the most serious and expensive decision a local authority has to make.

Putting up a child in a children’s home costs more than £4,000 per week on average in England.

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