Placement disruption - a review of cases of children in care in England and Wales where stable placements are threatened for financial reasons
Over the last several years, members of NAFP have reported cases where, on the face of it, stable placements for children are being disrupted (or that disruption is threatened) for reasons which are not to do with promoting the welfare of the child but appear to be to do with cost saving. Members of NAFP have also reported that Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) were not always challenging local authorities on these kinds of disruptions, and were not always robustly defending the interests of children in care. These reports were anecdotal in nature. No attempt had been made to systemically consider and draw these reports together to see if there is a pattern, and to propose measures which may remedy the difficulties. This report seeks to fill this gap.