Statutory Orphans and SSDA903
judgment (today) shows how depressing the system is in terms of how it looks after children.
Children have been made statutory orphans and then just left in that state. In fact the government could if it could be bothered track how many children are in that state through the SSDA903 return, but hasn't been bothered to do so.
It is a mistake to think there is anything substantially different in a placement order from a freeing order. Both separate children from their family networks (and often their siblings) without actually ensuring there is an alternative.
Anyone who looks objectively at the system has to conclude that it is depressingly bad.