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New research published by Loughborough University reveals the cost effectiveness of support care.
25 September 2013

The Fostering Network is urging local authorities across the UK to invest in support care schemes as a cost-effective way of supporting families and keeping children out of more expensive full-time care, following the release of a new research report, the Unit Cost of Support Care.

New research, published by Loughborough University, shows that support care, including the accompanying support services for families, has a far lower unit cost than the foster care it replaces and aims to avoid longer term.

Lisa Holmes, Assistant Director at Loughborough University’s Centre for Child and Family Research comments: "Making use of CCFRs unit cost estimations can provide local authorities with a clear evidence base to inform their decision making processes regarding invest to save decisions for children's social care as our work for the Fostering Network clearly demonstrates.”

More can be found here: The Fostering Network



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