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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