Support for young people leaving care over the past seven years has deteriorated
The National Audit Office has created a report that has found cuts and poor management are causing many young people to leave care before it is legally required that they do so.
According to Whitehall’s spending watchdog the support young people leaving care receive is in chaos, reports the Guardian.
A report by the National Audit office found that A third of those aged 16 and over who left care did so before their 18th birthday, contrary to the government’s legal obligation.
The report concludes that services have deteriorated over the past seven years consecutively.
Only eight of 151 councils in England know where young people who have left their care are living
Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said stronger central and local leadership is urgently required to “get a grip of the problem”.
He said: “The cost of [young people] not moving into adulthood successfully is high. The government has made a commitment to improve the support for these young people, but the outcomes for many have been deteriorating over the past seven years.”
Local authorities spent £6,250 on average for each care leaver in 2013-14, ranging from an estimated £300 to £20,000. But auditors found little correlation between local authorities’ reported spending and the quantity and quality of their services.
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