State’s strategy for looked-after children branded ‘a national disgrace’

The way the state looks after children in its care is “nothing less
than a national disgrace”, Theresa May told the conference.

Children in care were “anything but looked after”, May told a
fringe meeting.

She said the Conservatives had to stand up for the most vulnerable
in society and that improving the care of looked-after children
must be made a priority, “with a clear road map and achievable

Both looked-after children and the child care system needed more
stability, May added. She also questioned whether education
watchdog Ofsted was the right organisation to be taking over
monitoring of the sector.

Local authorities that moved children too often or placed too many
children outside their area often did so for their own
administrative reasons and must be challenged, she argued.

“We have to face up to the disgrace that is how we look after
children in care and recognise we need to do something about it,”
she said.

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