Welcome to the first day of December, and another question for you to consider.

The Guardian has reported that since Baby Peter’s death, the number of children in care has reached an all time high but that the care they are receiving remains very poor and does not effectively address these children’s complex emotional needs.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson says the recent findings are flawed and do not take into account all the progress that has been made. Timpson is quoted as saying, “It is a fact that since 2010, children in care are doing better at school and absences from school have decreased. Foster children can also now stay at home until the age of 21, and this year a record number of children found places in stable, loving homes through adoption.”

Our question to you then, is this: do you think Mr Timpson is right, or are the findings outlined in this article more reflective of the reality on the ground?

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