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Half of all private and voluntary sector fostering placements offered by just 6 companies

By July 27, 2020National News

New Ofsted data shows that half of all private and voluntary fostering placements nationally are concentrated in just 6 providers. That equates to placements for over 18,000 children. 

Published for the first time as management information, Ofsted’s statistics show that the 6 largest providers own 66 independent fostering agencies (IFAs), around a fifth of all IFAs. The top two providers own 47 IFAs, offering over 11,000 fostering places between them, making up 31% of all places offered by private and voluntary IFAs nationally. 

Across England, 93% of all IFAs have been judged either good or outstanding by Ofsted. The proportion of good and outstanding IFAs owned by the largest providers is higher than the national average, at 98%. 

The data also reveals that around a third of all private and voluntary children’s homes are run by just 10 providers, a similar position to last year. 

For more information go to the Government website (opens in a new tab)  

You can view the dataset here (opens in a new tab 

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