What the new looked-after children statistics don’t tell us

The latest DfE statistics on looked-after children (LAC) in England, out last week, highlight the continuing rise in the number of LAC – up another 3% this year – accompanied for the first time in five years by a rise in the proportion of children and young people looked after.

There is a continuing disconnect at the heart of government policy which these figures reflect and which is receiving insufficient attention. At the same time as the numbers coming into care increase, with all the financial and human costs involved, we continue to see policies that increase the numbers of families living in poverty with consequences in terms of access to housing, food and other necessities of life. Why is there so little attention being paid by government to what is happening and at the very least some research being commissioned into whether there is a relationship between these issues? Read more.

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