Three-quarters of children in care have no educational qualifications at all when it ends, a report into the state of the care system claims.
Out of the 6,000 children who leave the care of the state each year, 60 make it to university, says a report by think tank the Centre for Policy Studies.
Report author Harriet Sergeant said a failing system was a "major contributor to social exclusion in this country".
So you see, even if the children aren't being ritually buggered and any stray Ministers for Children covering it up, then they are leaving this governmental "care" utterly unequipped—to an even greater degree than the poor bastards leaving the standard state school system—to make anything of their lives.
The Department for Education said it had plans to help children in care.
Oh, fucking whoopee! That'll be a fucking godsend, eh? Because you guys have done a bang-up job so far, haven't you? And what are these amazing plans?
A department spokeswoman said: "We are already working on a major consultation document, to be launched shortly, on a wide range of proposals to transform the outcomes of children in care."
Right. So, after nine years of repeated and consistent failure and with a damning report on your hands, what you actually mean is that—in an effort at containment—you have, just this morning, called up your favourite management consultants and told them to get report-compiling jildi jildi.
And then when that report comes out, at some unspecified point in the future, then you might come up with a range of proposals. These proposals will no doubt be debated at length and then a feasibility study will be compiled. When this study has been produced (again, at some unspecified point in the future), you will then study the proposals and see if there is anything that you can do. At that point, you will draw up a further list of practical proposals which will be debated throughout the care service to see if any of them are workable.
At this point, a working party will be assigned to the final proposal report, and they will then enter into consultation with care home managers, who will then canvas their staff and then deliver feedback to the main working group. The unions will probably find something that they feel threatens the big fat fucking bonuses of their very valuable staff and go on strike until the government caves in.
The government will then enter into discussions with the union leaders as to the best way to procede and the most stringent and useful measures—such as stopping the care home staff from fucking, pimping and dealing drugs to their wards—will be removed as being a gross breach of their oh-so-fucking-valuable employees' rights. And this point, the working group will draw up a list of more moderate proposals and the whole sorry saga will start again.
By this time, another 36,000, or so, young people's lives will have been pissed up the fucking wall and Margaret Hodge will, unjustly but unsurpringly, have utterly failed to hang herself in shame.
[Harriet Sergeant, the report's author,] said the state was removing young people from their parents and making itself responsible.
"It has complete control, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It should be a unique opportunity to transform these children's lives.
Instead of that, what is actually happening?
"Instead vast sums of money are being spent on a system that contains rather than cares or protects," she said.
Other findings in the report - entitled Handle with Care: an investigation into the care system—included
- within two years of leaving care 3,000 of 6,000 young people will be unemployed
- 2,100 will be mothers or pregnant
- 1,200 will be homeless
- nearly half of all young people leave care at 16 or 17
Among the children quoted in the study was one 14-year-old girl who had been through 30 placements.
"You feel like a bit of rubbish yourself who no-one wants," she is quoted as saying.
Well, I don't know about you guys, but I have complete faith in Toni's intervention.