Councils should use support care to keep children out of the care system, an influential MP will tell a conference next week.
David Kidney, who chairs the associate parliamentary group for children in and leaving care, will tell delegates at a Fostering Network conference that support care is effective in keeping families together and easing the financial pressure on children’s services departments’ budgets.
Support care schemes – currently run by around 35 English and Welsh local authorities – aim to help families that are experiencing some form of crisis. Children remain at home and spend perhaps one night a week with a trained carer, rather than being moved to a foster family or residential unit.
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