Comment on launch of care crisis review

Sector-led review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care

Alison Michalska, ADCS President, said:

“ADCS welcomes this review. The number of care applications being made to courts in recent years has increased year-on year, as has the number of children coming into our care. This rise, in itself, isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it means that local authorities are keeping more children and young people with the highest level of need safe, but it has placed considerable strain on the system across the board. It’s vital that wherever possible local authorities and their partners are doing all they can to support families to stay together and in many places local authorities are remodelling their services, including by refocusing resources into edge of care services, to do this but this is no easy task at a time when demand is rising and budgets have been reduced significantly. A review which considers changes that could be made nationally and locally to reduce the number of children coming into care safely is long overdue.”


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