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Alison Michalska, Vice President of ADCS, said:

“Our members are clear that independently owned children’s homes and fostering agencies play a vital role in the provision of suitable placements for children and young people who can no longer live with their families. However, when local authority budgets are being squeezed year after year it is difficult to understand how and why tens of millions of pounds of public money is not directly benefitting vulnerable children but the shareholders of a small number of private providers and agencies. It is important to note that not all agencies and organisations make profit, some are charities or operate on a not-for-profit basis. This issue, and others, will be picked up in the government’s recently announced stocktake of foster care and we look forward to engaging with central government and providers in this process. The results of this exercise will hopefully serve as a catalyst for future reforms.”


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