New ADCS president highlights high demand for welfare placements

The new president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, Alison Michalska, used her inaugural speech to highlight how demand for welfare placements in secure children’s homes is far outstripping supply. She said that children in need of a secure placement on welfare grounds were now “almost de facto” sent out of area due to a shortage of units. She also said that councils need to increase their role in shaping local education to ensure schools are supporting the most vulnerable children.

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