Care Crisis Review published
The Care Crisis Review explores factors that have contributed to the number of children in care reaching the highest level since the Children Act 1989 was enacted, with care order applications reaching record levels in 2017.
Funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by Family Rights Group, the review comprised an inclusive listening exercise and a rapid academic review of evidence about contributing factors. It found:
- There is a sense of crisis felt by many young people, families and those working within the system.
- Professionals are frustrated at working in a sector that is overstretched and overwhelmed and in which, too often, children and families do not get the direct help they need early enough to prevent difficulties escalating.
- There was a sense of unease about how lack of resources, poverty and deprivation are making it harder for families and the system to cope.
- Contributors expressed a strong sense of concern that a culture of blame, shame and fear has permeated the system, affecting those working in it as well as the children and families reliant upon it.