Costs in the UK.
It would be nice to have these kind of statistics in comparison with other countries. But anywhere in the world, statistics hide weeping children and pining parents on one side and Social Workers, legal teams, foster carers, contacts centres and adoption agencies who make a living out of this £3 billion ‘industry’.
Here’s the 11-page report Children in Care in England: Statistics from the House of Commons Library. Page 9 is a neat summary of gross expenditure:
- the cost per child rose from £22,343 in 2000/01 to £37,669 in 2009/10
- the cost of children’s homes from £694.7m to £969.4m
- secure accommodation from £17.8m to £26.0m
- fostering services from £550.6m to £1253.1m.
An embarrassing note is that Black Ethnic minorities are overrepresented in the statistics…
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