Short foster care breaks for children from families under pressure
have not been implemented due to lack of funding and staff
turnover, says a report.
It recommends an integrated approach between councils and central
government to provide support to families, or face children ending
up in long-term care.
The researchers, from the Institute of Education Thomas Coram
Research Unit, found that only a dozen councils have provided the
short-break schemes since 1989.
“Schemes have ended when a particular manager or co-ordinator has
left their post or when short-term funding has ended,” the report
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