Children in care more likely to be sent out of Hertfordshire
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Data shows children in ‘care’ are increasingly likely to be sent to live outside Hertfordshire.
According to the latest available figures – for the first three months of 2023/24 – just 62.3 per cent of Hertfordshire’s ‘looked after’ children were living in the county.
That’s almost six per cent lower than the same period in 20/21 – and five per cent lower than the same period in 22/23.
And it means that at the end of June almost two in every five Hertfordshire children who were in ‘care’ were in placements elsewhere.
The data is included in a performance report due to be presented to the council’s resources and performance cabinet panel on Thursday (October 5).
That report does highlight an increase in the number of ‘in-house’ residential beds and the council’s aim to increase the number of foster carers.
And it reports that 27 additional residential ‘beds’ have already been identified – with 18 complete and nine still in refurbishment.