“Foster families provide respite and care for some of the most vulnerable children in society. This includes around three quarters of the 69,000 children who are looked after by social services in England. Get a foster placement right and the effects on a child can be nothing short of miraculous. But when it goes wrong, the results can easily reinforce prior placement breakdowns, disrupt friendships in a new school and exacerbate emotional, behavioural and relationship problems.
Families, professionals and commissioners are understandably keen to promote stable foster placements wherever possible. Yet the proportion of fostered children who moved placements three or more times in the past year – a key performance indicator for children’s social services – has been stuck at around 11% since 2010.”
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