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Children's Social Care (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2014

“Children’s social care continues to be challenged by a number of high profile revelations in the courts, increasing media attention and pressure on politicians and local authorities to analyse arrangements. Independent provision of services is being significantly increased, but the need for further profound changes in the structure of provision has been acknowledged by the government.”

– Terry Leggett, Senior Analyst

This report addresses the following key questions facing children’s social care:

  • How will expenditure evolve over the next five years?
  • What effects will the 2013 government investigation into children’s homes have on the market?
  • What impact will the Children and Families Act 2014 have on the market and industry?
  • Is the trend from children’s homes towards foster care sustainable?
  • In which sectors will independent provision of services continue to gain market share?

Every local authority (LA) must protect and promote the welfare of children in need in its area. To do this, they must work with families to provide support services that will enable children to be brought up in their own families. In Northern Ireland, Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCT's) have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need in their area.

Children in need are defined in law as children who are aged under 18 and:

  • Need local authority services to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development
  • Need local authority services to prevent significant or further harm to health or development
  • Are disabled

The local authority must keep a register of children with disabilities in its area, but does not have to keep a register of all children in need.

In England, from 1 April 2011, local authorities must provide breaks from caring (respite care) for the parents of disabled children.

A child is being ‘looked after’ by the local authority when the local authority arranges for the child to live somewhere other than at home. There are two ways in which a child can be looked after by the local authority: the first is called ‘being accommodated’, the other is where the child is the subject of a court order.

When a child is being accommodated by the local authority this is a voluntary arrangement between the local authority and the family. This means that parents maintain all rights and responsibilities for the child, not the local authority. A parent can therefore remove their child from the accommodation at any time.

If a local authority has a duty to accommodate a child in need, the children's services department must accommodate the child itself. It cannot refuse to do so and refer the child to the housing department as a homeless person instead.

The child might live in a foster home or a children’s home. The foster home could be the home of relatives or friends of the family.

When a court has made an order in relation to the child, known as a care order, the local authority will take on responsibility for the child and make arrangements for where the child should live. In Northern Ireland, the local authority has the right to overrule the parent if it considers it necessary to safeguard or promote the child's welfare.

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Table of contents

  1. Executive Summary

      • The market
        • Figure 1: UK market for children’s social care, 2008/09-2012/13 and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 2: Segmentation of UK market for children’s social care, 2012-13
        • Figure 3: Regional segmentation of UK market for children’s social care, 2012/13
      • Market factors
        • Figure 4: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s homes and foster care, 2008/09-2012/13 and 2014-18 forecast
        • Figure 5: UK expenditure on special education needs and other children looked after, 2008/09-2012/13 and 2014-18 forecast
      • Companies, brands and innovation
        • Figure 6: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s social care, by type of provider, 2010-13
      • What we think
      • Introduction

        • Definitions
          • Methodology
            • Abbreviations
              • Market positioning and issues in the market
                • UK economy
                  • Inflation
                    • Interest rates
                      • Business investment
                        • Market factors
                        • Market Size and Trends

                          • Chapter summary
                            • Market size
                              • Figure 7: UK market for children’s social care graph, 2008/09-2012/13
                              • Figure 8: UK market for children’s social care, 2008/09-2012/13
                            • Regional analysis
                              • Figure 9: Segmentation of UK market for children’s social care, 2008/09-2012/13
                              • Figure 10: Number of children looked after, by country, 2009-13
                              • Figure 11: Number of children looked after in England, by age and gender, 2009-13
                              • Figure 12: Age profile of children looked after in England, 2013
                              • Figure 13: Number of children looked after in Scotland, by age and gender, as of 31 July 2013
                              • Figure 14: Age profile of children looked after in Scotland, 2013
                              • Figure 15: Number of children looked after in Wales, by age and gender, as at 31 March 2013
                              • Figure 16: Age profile of children looked after in Wales, 2013
                            • Market segmentation
                              • Introduction
                                  • Figure 17: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s social care, by type of care, 2009-13
                                  • Figure 18: Number of children looked after at 31 March, by placement type, UK, 2009-13
                                • Independent vs public supply
                                  • Figure 19: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s social care, by type of provider, 2010-13
                                  • Figure 20: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s social care, by type of provider, 2009/10-2012/13
                                • Children’s homes
                                    • Figure 21: UK children’s home placements at 31 March, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 22: Development of UK children’s home placements, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 23: Number of children in children’s homes in Scotland, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 24: Children’s homes in England at 31 March 2013, by region
                                  • Fostering services
                                    • Figure 25: UK foster care placements at 31 March, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 26: Development of UK foster care placements, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 27: Foster placements at 31 March, by placement type and location, England, 2009-13
                                    • Figure 28: UK fostering rates, 2013/14 and 2014/15
                                  • Special education
                                      • Figure 29: UK market for SEN care, 2008/09-2012/13
                                      • Figure 30: Development of UK market for SEN care, 2009-13
                                      • Figure 31: Students with special educational needs, by school type, England, 2009-13
                                      • Figure 32: Percentage of pupils with SEN, by type of educational establishment, 2013
                                      • Figure 33: Students with special educational needs, by academy type, England, 2013
                                    • Market trends
                                    • Industry Structure

                                      • Chapter summary
                                        • Industry development
                                          • Figure 34: Number of secure children’s homes in the UK, by country, 2009-13
                                          • Figure 35: Proportion of all children’s homes run by state or independent organisations, by region, September 2013
                                          • Figure 36: Percentage of all children’s homes run by independent organisations, by region, September 2013
                                        • Company profiles
                                          • Acorn Care and Education
                                              • Figure 37: Financial analysis of Acorn Care and Education, 2008-12
                                              • Figure 38: Financial analysis of Fostering Solutions, 2008-12
                                            • Advanced Childcare
                                                • Figure 39: Financial analysis of Advanced Childcare, 2007-11
                                              • Core Assets (formerly Foster Care Associates)
                                                • Figure 40: Financial analysis of Ideapark Ltd (trading as Core Assets), 2008-12
                                              • Kedleston Education
                                                  • Figure 41: Financial analysis of Kedleston Education, 2008-12
                                                • Keys Group
                                                  • Figure 42: Financial analysis of Keys Group, 2009-13
                                                • The National Autistic Society
                                                  • Figure 43: Financial analysis of the National Autistic Society, 2009-13
                                                • National Fostering Agency
                                                    • Figure 44: Financial analysis of the National Fostering Agency, 2009-13
                                                  • Northern Care
                                                    • Figure 45: Financial analysis of Whistledawn Limited, trading as Northern Care, 2009-13
                                                  • Priory Group
                                                    • Figure 46: Financial analysis of Priory Group, 2008-12
                                                    • Figure 47: Financial analysis of Priory Education Services, 2008-12
                                                • Forecast

                                                  • Chapter summary
                                                    • Market size
                                                        • Figure 48: Forecast UK market for children’s social care, 2013/14-2017/18
                                                        • Figure 49: Forecast UK market for children’s social care, 2014-18
                                                      • Market segmentation
                                                        • Figure 50: Segmentation of the UK market for children’s social care, by type of care, 2013/14-2017/18
                                                        • Figure 51: Forecast UK market for children’s homes, 2014-18
                                                        • Figure 52: Forecast UK market for foster care, 2014-18
                                                        • Figure 53: Forecast UK market for SEN expenditure, 2014-18
                                                        • Figure 54: Forecast UK market for other looked after children, 2014-18
                                                      • Industry structure

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                                                      Children's Social Care (Industrial Report) - UK - May 2014

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