The Cost of Children in Care

In 2012-13, local authorities spent on average between £131,000 and £135,000 on residential care for a child and between £29,000 and £33,000 on foster care for a child

“Most children are taken into care because of abuse and neglect. But too many of them are not getting the right placements the first time. If their complex and challenging learning and development needs are not correctly assessed and tackled, the result is likely to be significant long-term detriment to the children themselves as well as cost to society. No progress has been made in the last four years. If the Department is to break this pattern, then it needs to use its new Innovation Programme to understand what works, especially in terms of early intervention.”

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, 27 November 2014

The Home-start in Hampshire Early Years Conference in Winchester on 13th March intends to focus on catching the family before they fall, reducing the need for this costly, reactive service. 

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