The new government must provide appropriate funding to ensure the right homes are available for all children in the right place whatever their needs.
Responding to the report by The Children’s Commissioner on how four in ten children in care are living out of area, Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board said:
“The welfare of all children is of the utmost importance to councils. Placing the children they care for outside of their home area is always a decision they take seriously and it may sometimes be needed to give them a new beginning. This could include removing them from abuse or neglect; for their own safety; to break gang affiliation; or to place them near other family members or to access specialist services.
“Councils will always try to place children in a home near family members if it is safe to do so. However the current soaring demand for places means that there aren’t always the necessary places in local areas.
“Councils want to work with the new government to ensure they fulfil their election promise to review the care system to understand these pressures. The new government must also provide appropriate funding to ensure the right homes are available for all children in the right place whatever their needs.”