Number of over-16s going into care increases 25% in four years, report finds

There has been a surge of older children with more complex needs entering care because they have been exploited or have gone missing from home, the children’s commissioner has said. The Independent reports.

Overall, around 3,200 children in care saw a change to all three – home, school and social worker – within 2017-18, according to the index, which measures the stability of life for children in care.

Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said.

She said: “It is clear that we have a care system which is playing catch up. The new norm is shifting so that fewer babies and very young children are being taken off parents who cannot cope.

“Instead it is teenagers who are being taken into care because they are experiencing issues such as criminal or sexual exploitation, going missing from home, and parents being unable to protect them.”

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