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Cuts Watch #181: Children’s Care System

06 Aug 2010, by in Cuts Watch

Since the Baby Peter case, the care system has been struggling to meet the rising demand for foster care homes and cuts could be “devastating” according to the Fostering Network. Bursting at the Seams, a new survey by the Network, reports on rising demand for fostering places for children in care, severe pressure on children’s social work teams, worrying workloads for social workers and fostering services struggling to find placements – all exacerbated by “additional pressures due to financial restraints and cuts to budgets.”

Arguing that foster care should be a priority for central and local government, Helen Clarke, the author of the report, said, “the impact of the rise in children needing foster homes and the shortage of foster carers means the system is no longer sustainable and budget cuts could be devastating.”

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