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Care Crisis Review – options for change

Year: 2018
Topic: Local authority
Author: Nuffield Foundation

The Care Crisis Review is a Nuffield Foundation funded project that has been facilitated by Family Rights Group, a charity committed to enabling children to be raised safely.

The Review comprised an inclusive listening exercise with over 2,000 people across England and Wales. It concludes that there is a crisis in the Children's Social Care and Family Justice Sector and outlines 20 options for change.

The Review has brought together a ‘coalition of the willing’ from across the child welfare and family justice sectors in England and Wales. It was a response to the President of the Family Division of the High Court, Sir James Munby’s call to action in 2016: “We are facing a crisis and, truth be told, we have no very clear strategy for meeting the crisis. What is to be done?”

Within the Review there is an exploration of the factors which have contributed to the number of children in care reaching the highest level since the Children Act 1989 was enacted, with care order applications reaching record levels in 2017.

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