Foster care system “reaching breaking point”, Ofsted reveals

Foster care system “reaching breaking point”, Ofsted reveals

Vulnerable children are missing out on the vital care and support they need due to a shortage of foster carers, a major study has revealed.

The research, published by Ofsted, suggests that demand for children’s social care services is now outstripping supply.

According to the report, the number of foster carers in England has increased by just four per cent since 2014, while the number of children in foster care has soared by 11 per cent.

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