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 care figures, published by the inspectorate, show that the number of foster carers in England has increased by four per cent since 2014, while the number of children in foster care has increased by 11 per cent. While the number of fostering households and carers has gone up, Ofsted research suggests that the range of carers available aren’t always able to meet children’s increasingly complex needs.

“As the number of children in care continues to grow, matching them with the right carers becomes increasingly difficult. This makes it more likely that very vulnerable children will face placement breakdowns and further disruption to their lives,” Ofsted’s report states. Read more.