While I have been trying to make sense of the figures for the 956 children taken into care last year it seems social services have lost over 200 of them.Investigation into Kent's missing children in care which is a story concerning the 200 odd missing children lost in the care system.
How the sweet crap do you lose 200 vulnerable children?
According to the article 90% of the children in care are in Thanet which suggests that Thanet District is responsible for losing approximately 180 children. To lose one child is unacceptable this simply defies description. Yet with so many children in the area already living in poverty why are we loading up an under funded district with such a high percentage of cases?
I reported that back in 2011 that Social Services was out of control and lacked scrutiny (according to Hansard debates) and now two years on the problem is no better.
Councillor Wise (Cliftonville East) is quoted as saying:
There appears to have been a complete breakdown, if there was ever one established, of links between local authorities and other agencies tasked to monitor the activities of unscrupulous suppliers of children's and adult social services, local estate agents and absentee landlords.
(I could have told you that years ago.)
The question now is - what will be done to find our missing children?