Children’s commissioner moots national care system to deliver same standard of support to all

Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield has said there is a case for a “national care system” to enable children to receive similar standards of support across the country. The suggestion, which would implicitly strip local authorities of at least some of their responsibilities for managing care systems locally, came in a speech in which Longfield said the government’s long-awaited care review should overhaul a system failing thousands of children and “rapidly running out of money”. Longfield said the review, which children’s minister Vicky Ford said last month would be launched “imminently”, should “consider a national care system”, adding: “I want decisions to be taken locally, involving families. But some issues need to be  tackled nationally and all children should be entitled to the same standard of care. Read more.