PM announced drive to improve outcomes for children in care
Improving outcomes for children in care will form part of an “all out assault on poverty” by government, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.
Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference he said children growing up in the care system are “almost guaranteed to live in poverty”.
He shared that 84% leave school without five good GCSEs, 70% of prostitutes were once in care, and care leavers are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else.
“These children are in our care; we, the state, are their parents – and what are we setting them up for? The dole, the streets, an early grave?,” he said. “This shames our country and we will put it right.”
Cameron said poorly performing children’s services departments will be told to “improve or be taken over”.
He also indicated a fresh drive to boost the children’s social work profession.