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New research shows that councils in England could save £1.5bn by supporting families to stay together

Local authorities across the country are reeling at the cost of child protection, as care numbers soar to record levels: the Institute for Fiscal Studies recently found that half the entire children's services budget is spenton the 73,000 children who are now looked after by the state. So when new academic research shows up very large differences between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the proportion of children removed from their families, it’s time for policymakers to take note.

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The Guardian

 

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