Comment: New Ofsted data on private and voluntary providers of...

Edwina Grant, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“The majority of children in our care live in foster families and ensuring that we find stable placements for them is one of the highest priorities for all local authorities. There is a national shortage of foster carers and Covid-19 is likely to increase our need for all types of placements for children in care. Children’s services have long operated in a mixed economy with a range of providers involved in the delivery of children’s services locally, however, we are concerned that the trend towards consolidation and the concentration of placements in the hands of a small number of providers represents a level of risk in the system, should any of these providers fail no single local authority could step in meaning vulnerable children would suffer the greatest consequences.”

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