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Lords debates number of children in care

19 April 2024

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On Thursday 18 April, members of the House of Lords debated the number of children and young people being committed into the care of the local authorities.


Lord Laming (Crossbench), former director of social services at Hertfordshire County Council, put forward the debate.

This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.      

Members speaking

Contributing members included:

Opening the debate, Lord Laming said:

'The increase in the number of children being admitted into the care of local authorities must be a matter of great concern to us all.

More than eight in 10 local authorities are expecting financial hardship to increase locally in the next 12 months. That is why in many local authorities the non-statutory services that are essential in the support of families and young people have been dramatically reduced.'

Baroness Barran (Conservative), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education, responded on behalf of the government:

'I hope very much that our work through the Children’s Social Care: Stable Homes, Built on Love strategy shows our commitment to laying the foundations to address those very human issues as well as all the structural change that needs to happen to make that a reality.'

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