Laura Sharman 12 August 2019

More children being cared for in failing council services, says think tank

More children being cared for in failing council services, says think tank image

Nearly 50,000 children are being cared for in areas where council services are failing, a think tank has warned today.

The Social Market Foundation found 65% of all looked-after children in England are in council areas where services has been rated as ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement.’

The report – the Silent Crisis 2019 – shows that spending time in care can cause children to face educational and economic struggle in later life. For example, 40% of care leavers aged 19-21 are not in education, employment or training, compared to the average rate of 11.1%.

‘These are the children who need the most support and the best care. Yet we are collectively content to give them inadequate support and care. This neglect is nothing less than shameful,’ said Matthew Oakley, SMF senior researcher.

‘We know that looked after children need better. We know that failing to properly support looked after children will help to condemn them to a life of poverty and struggle or even worse. And yet the numbers of such children in failing services is actually rising. That is scandalous.’

The think tank is calling on the Government to establish a charter for looked-after children.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Clerk of Works

Warrington Borough Council
£32,234 - £35,745
We are looking for someone who... Warrington, Cheshire
Recuriter: Warrington Borough Council

Social Worker - Rowley Community Social Work Team

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
£30,451 - £34,728 per annum
We are looking for a committed and hardworking social care professionals to bring your experience, skills, and attributes to make a difference to... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Practice Supervisor (Safeguarding) – Hambleton

North Yorkshire County Council
£39,880 - £43,857 per annum pro rata 
You will be suitably qualified (DIPSW/CQSW/Masters/Degree in Social work) and preferably have supervisory or management experience as well as... North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Executive Director of Place, Economy & Environment – West Northamptonshire Council

North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire
Up to £140k
Be part of shaping the future Northamptonshire
Recuriter: North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire

Executive Director of Corporate Services – West Northamptonshire Council

North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire
Up to £140k
Be part of shaping the future Northamptonshire
Recuriter: North Northamptonshire & West Northamptonshire

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue