"One in three children who should be taken into care are being left with inadequate or neglectful parents, only for the state to have to intervene later, costing children's services up to an extra £33,000 per child each year, the chief executive of the children's charity Barnardo's said.
"Martin Narey, who formerly worked as director general of the Prison Service, said there are currently 62,000 "looked-after" children in Britain. "Twenty-five years ago this was nearer 90,000. We were determined to reduce this because we thought care damages children. We need to return to a care population of 90,000."
"Narey said the conventional wisdom of social services was outdated and placed "too much premium on keeping the birth family together"."