Why it’s time for new ideas on children’s residential care

The prime minister was still at the despatch box last week, having moments before announced that he and Nicky Morgan had asked me to review the residential care of children, when the emails, Linked-In messages, and tweets started to rain upon my phone. The deluge has continued reflecting, I think, widely held, passionate, but often remarkably conflicting views about residential care. Two of the social work professionals who, over many years now, I have turned to for advice and guidance were in touch very quickly The first insisted that residential care was the best option for more children than currently live in homes, the second told me that it was vital to reduce the use of care homes.

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