"Over two-thirds of young people in care believe they should have the option of going to boarding school rather than staying in a care home or foster family, according to findings published yesterday.
A government consultation on plans to overhaul the UK's troubled care system revealed almost the same proportion of care professionals also think a boarding place should be available as an alternative for children unable to live with their families.
The idea was floated by the government last October in its Care Matters green paper, which said boarding school could provide "an excellent means of stability and support". Children and professionals involved in the consultation backed the idea of expanding that option, providing any decision was based on the best interests and needs of the child.
With boarding fees running at between £12,000 and £24,000 a year, the scheme could also be a more cost-effective alternative to placing children in care, which can cost up to £3,000 a week, or over £150,000 annually."
What an excellent idea! - I do hope it gets implemented. Children in care seem at present to get a pretty raw deal in so many ways.
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