New data released by the Department for Education (DfE) today shows a continued and significant rise in the numbers of children in care being moved more than 20 miles from their local area and sent to live somewhere they don’t know, often alone and without warning.
Despite promises from the Government to reform children’s social care, it’s clear these statistics are moving in the wrong direction and with a 23% rise of children coming into care since 2013, urgent action is needed to turn this around.
Government figures show that, as at 31 March 2023:
children in care were moved 20+ miles away from home. That’s over 21% of all children in care.
the rate children in care being moved 20+ miles away has gone UP by since 2013.
the rate that the overall number of children in care has gone up by - so 20+ mile moves have increased much faster.
We need the Government to take urgent action. We are calling for:
A national commitment that children in care should only be moved miles from home when this is in their best interests.
The development and publication of national and local strategies to increase the supply of appropriate local options, so that children don’t have to be moved miles from their support networks.
Data collection to record how many children in care are living more than 20 miles away from home due to a lack of appropriate care options in their local area that are able to meet their best interests.
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