Care system ‘failing to protect children’, finds government-commissioned review

Social care system resembles a ‘30-year-old tower of Jenga held together with Sellotape’, says review chair

Thursday 17 June 2021 02:19
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<p>A landmark review into children’s social care has released its first report. </p>

A landmark review into children’s social care has released its first report.

There is an “urgent need” to find a new approach to children’s social care in England, a government-commissioned review has said.

The warning comes as data shows a large spike in the amount of young people requiring its services, with the number of looked after children (LAC) rising by 24 per cent in the ten years to 2019/2020. The figure that year stood at 80,080, the vast majority of whom were in foster care.

Josh MacAlister, the chair of the independent review, said the current system “pushes away help from neighbours, extended family and the wider community”.

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