Care System Putting Teenagers in 'Danger' Report Warns

Laura Sharman - LocalGov

Published by the Commission on Young Lives at the end of last year, the report finds the current care system is actually handing over some children to criminals by moving them away from their families and placing them in accommodation that puts them at risk of harm.

The report argues the care system was originally designed to help small children and is struggling to adapt to care for older children. It warns an over-reliance on a limited number of residential places, cuts to funding for early intervention programmes, outdated fostering models, and a broken children's home 'market' is allowing too many children in care to fall into danger.