Short care breaks hit by lack of funds

    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
    says.

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