Watchdog’s stark warning over treatment of children in local authority care

The local government and social care ombudsman (LGO) has delivered a stark warning to councils to ensure they properly scrutinise the support of children in care amid a raft of failures. The warning has come from the ombudsman in a report detailing the impact on young people in care and their families when councils “get things wrong”. Many of these cases detail the severe emotional impact of poor care by local authorities. This includes the case of a looked-after child who returned to her foster home when she turned 18 to find her bags packed and was immediately sent to live in a hostel. Read more.