“In the best interest of the child”: 64,400 children in ‘care’ for £3 billion

It would be nice to have these kind of statistics in comparison with other countries. But anywhere in the world, statistics hide weeping children and pining parents on one side and Social Workers, legal teams, foster carers, contacts centres and adoption agencies who make a living out of this £3 billion ‘industry’.

Here’s the 11-page report Children in Care in England: Statistics from the House of Commons Library. Page 9 is a neat summary of gross expenditure:

  • the cost per child rose from £22,343 in 2000/01 to £37,669 in 2009/10
  • the cost of children’s homes from £694.7m to £969.4m
  • secure accommodation from £17.8m to £26.0m
  • fostering services from £550.6m to £1253.1m.

An embarrassing note is that Black Ethnic minorities are overrepresented in the statistics…

In 2010, The Telegraph published Care costs for children are higher than Eton fees, says Big Issue Founder.

The Panorama film The Truth about Adoption quoted £150/day.

The National Adoption Agency up for Sale article values the  business at £135 million.

In the case of the Musas, I can’t help but quote

  1. African Publicity and other Public Support who put the identities of the six children into the public domain
  2. the whistleblower who had said to Christopher Booker from The Telegraph that the Council had falsely accused the mother, but that it was vital to continue to justify its actions
  3. Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832):

In the darkness of secrecy, sinister interest and evil in every shape, have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place, can any of the checks, applicable to judicial injustice, operate.

Where there is no publicity there is no justice.

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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is www.smartknowledge.space
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5 Responses to “In the best interest of the child”: 64,400 children in ‘care’ for £3 billion

  1. matthias sunday says:

    I’m tired of reading reports and report all the time. The ONLY thing we want is that Musa and Gloria be released. How long will these innocent sould be living in prison? Please let us all cry out to the whole world today. MUSA AND GLORIA must be released from prison. They dont deserve to be behind bars. Please prime Minister David Cameron release these innocent ministers of the gospel with their children and let them go back to their country

    • I’m sending your comment to the judge who will hear them again next week, together with a copy of the petition The Secrecy of the Family Courts should be lifted NOW and the collection of fascinating comments.

  2. matthias sunday says:

    We are waiting with bated breath the release of the MUSA AND GLORIA AND THEIR LOVELY CHILDREN by Haringey and the judge. Please Judge, I want you to use your conscience and release this couple TODAY. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel, if you are put in prison for just no cause. Please I’m on my kneel begging you Judge of the secret court release Musa and Gloria today and let your name go into the book of history as one of the incorruple judge in history.
    Already I’m putting together a book titled TRIUMPH OF GOOD OVER EVIL, a book which will chronicle the life and time of Musa and Gloria and their lovely children how they were living together joyfully until the enemies struck to cart away their children, their travail while seeking for the release of their children, their arrest and inprisonment and how they were released from prison and how they are now putting their lives together again serving the Lord. This book will be made into a world class film about the TRAVAIL of Apostle Musa and Bishop Gloria and their six lovely chidren

  3. 7rin says:

    Reblogged this on Adopted in the UK and commented:
    Costs in the UK.

  4. Pingback: “In the best interest of the child”: 64,400 children in ‘care’ for £3 billion « Staffordshire Social Services

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