Councils under huge pressure as number of children in care soars

According to The Guardian, the number of children in care has gone up by 28% in the past decade with council leaders warning of unsustainable pressure being placed on support services for young people.

The Local Government Association (LGA) warned the huge increase in demand, combined with funding shortages, is putting immense pressure on the ability of councils to support vulnerable young people who need help.

A lack of places to house vulnerable children in the UK is prompting a surge in placements that are less safe. These include those that are unregulated or not registered with Ofsted.

A spokesperson for the Department for Education said: “We are investing £1.5bn in social care so that every child in care receives the support they need, no matter where they live.”

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