Drop in number of council-run children’s homes

The number of local authority-run children’s homes in England and Wales decreased between April and August this year, according to latest figures from Ofsted. A new report from the inspectorate also notes that, in the same time period, 150 new children’s homes were registered with Ofsted across the private, voluntary and council sectors.

This equates to a net increase of three per cent on the previous quarter due to the voluntary resignation of 51 homes from Ofsted’s register. Both the private and voluntary sectors saw an increase in new homes with 71 registrations received from the private sector and four submitted from the voluntary sector, the report shows. However, there was a small net decrease in local authority-run homes, with six new registrations and 12 deregistrations in the period. Read more.

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