Sector defends use of out-of-area care homes
These figures highlight the distinction between volume of provision locally and the ability to match this provision with need – it is not simply a question of how many homes or beds there are locally, but whether these places are an appropriate match for the needs of local children and young people.
Our research has revealed examples of the steps that local authorities are taking to better match provision to needs, but more could be done. Major reviews of children’s residential care commissioning have been undertaken, with authorities scrutinising the extent to which homes in their area are a suitable match for forecasted needs.
Read the full article on the Children and Young People Now website (£).