Number of children in care rises

PUBLISHED: 13:30 17 June 2014

North Somerset Council

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THE number of children who are in care has risen by almost 10 per cent in the first five months of this year.

Figures released by North Somerset Council show it is now responsible for looking after 220 children.

The council is set to ‘tightly monitor’ all applications to ensure the number of youngsters in care does not rise too high and to make sure children are returned home if it is safe and fair to do so.

At the end of 2012, 279 children were being looked after by the council but numbers fell to about 200 by the start of this year. However there has been a ‘steady’ increase since then.

A council spokesman said controlling the figures was largely out of their hands.

He said: “Nothing has changed in terms of our services that would explain the figures going up and down.

“The cause is probably in part down to having a number of larger families which have had to come into care - as it was in 2012. It is really too early to say if this is an ongoing trend or not.”

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