Children in care in England could hit almost 100,000 by 2025

The number of children in care in England could reach almost 100,000 by 2025, according to new analysis. Research commissioned by county councils said the figure would represent a 36% rise in a decade. And the...

Number of children in care at highest level on record, latest figures show

The number of children in care is at an all-time high, according to latest figures from the Department for Education.
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Foster care system ‘reaching breaking point’ as demand outweighs capacity

Despite the number of foster carers in England being at the highest level on record, Ofsted has warned sector demand is outstripping capacity, leaving vulnerable children missing out on care. Latest foster...

Category - Looked After Children

Supervision orders

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO) has published findings from a survey about the use of supervision orders in care proceedings in England and Wales. A supervision order places a duty on the local authority to “advise, assist...

Fathers’ involvement in care proceedings

Researchers at the University of East Anglia and Lancaster University have published findings from research looking at fathers’ involvement in care proceedings in England. Findings from analysis of anonymised family court records for more than...

Children in social care

The Department for Education (DfE) has published figures on outcomes for children in need including children looked after by local authorities in England. The findings, which cover the year ending 31 March 2020, include: 48.3% of children in need...