Having been to an excellent (and very well attended by Councillors from all Parties) briefing session on Safeguarding Children at Kent County Council today, I have even more respect for those who have to do the difficult, and often harrowing, job of helping to safeguard children - within Kent and elsewhere. There was a lot to digest and think about, but one set of figures stood out.
The use of care is a last resort - I know that. And when a child has been settled and gets out of care into a new long term family then they won't be part of these statistics - I know that too. We're talking about the most difficult, troubled cases. But it still FEELS so wrong.