According to a report by the National Audit Office, the system for supporting young people leaving foster or residential care in England to live successful independent lives is not working effectively.
“Addressing the poor life outcomes of young people leaving care is a longstanding problem. The cost of their not moving into adulthood successfully is high. The government has made a commitment to improve the support for these young people but the outcomes for many have been deteriorating over the last seven years. The government knows the scale of the challenge. Stronger central and local leadership is urgently required to get a grip on this problem.”
Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 17 July 2015