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Care Crisis Review – Family Rights Group

A sector-led review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care

Applications for care proceedings in England and Wales are at record levels. This is one factor contributing to the rise in the number of children looked after in the care system, now at the highest level since 1985.

This seven month sector-led review into the care crisis engages with, and is supported by stakeholders within the child welfare and family justice system.

The review will:

  • examine the reasons for the rise in care proceedings and number of children in care
  • at all times retain a focus on achieving the best outcomes for children and families
  • take account of the current national economic, financial, legal and policy context that impacts on families and on local authority and court practice
  • aim to identify specific changes to local authority and court systems and national and local policies and practices that will help safely stem the increase in the number of care cases coming before the family courts and the number of children in the care system.

How to get involved

Please send in:

  • Any additional evidence you have about the drivers for the rise in care proceedings and number of children in the care system
  • Any research findings that you know of about policies and practices that may safely lead to reductions in care applications and children coming into or remaining in care

The dedicated email address for the review is carecrisis@frg.org.uk.

Read full details of the review at source: Care Crisis Review – Family Rights Group

Our mission is to help bring about improvements in practice and policy. Holding children at the centre of what we do through our work with and for them, we aim to lead and promote excellent care and services. The partnership consists of an elected Chair and elected Regional Leads who represent their regions at a national level (two from each of the nine regions within England).

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