Magazine article Public Finance

Looked-After Children 'Let Down' by Scots Councils

Magazine article Public Finance

Looked-After Children 'Let Down' by Scots Councils

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Councils in Scotland need to manage children's residential services better, auditors have said.

In a report published on September 2, Audit Scotland found weaknesses in the planning and commissioning of care services and poor information. Some local authorities did not have clear strategies for the service and many did not know the full costs per child of their in-house provision.

The spending watchdog stressed that councils could not demonstrate that they were achieving value for money for residential child care without knowing the real costs and the outcomes achieved for the children and young people.

Getting it right for children in residential care followed a study of the way councils used their resources on residential placements for 'looked after' children.

It found that although professional practice and work with children was good in many respects, not all children received the best quality of care and support. …

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