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Cumbria foster carer shortage see children sent outside

Dozens of children in the care system in Cumbria are being looked after outside the county, new figures show.

About 700 youngsters are officially under the care of Cumbria County Council with 95 of them in residential homes outside the county.

A shortage of foster parents and lack of specialist placements have been blamed.

The authority has pledged to increase the number of local placements.

It also plans to look at independent living options for 16 and 17-year-olds.

More than 200 children are with independent fostering agencies which aim to find families for youngsters, the County Council report
says.

However, a lack of foster parents, and children entering the system with “specialist’ needs, means there is not enough help available
within Cumbria.

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