Andrew Flanagan, who was appointed chief executive of the charity in January, said public perceptions of poor quality residential and foster care may be to blame and the issue needed to be addressed.
Asked whether too many children at risk of harm were being left with their families, Mr Flanagan said: "If a child dies, we have to say, 'Yes, they are'. The cut-off point is wrong. "
He added: "There is a long-standing view that publicly-provided care is not as good as care in the home. There is a presupposition that leaving a child in the home must be better. We need to open up that debate.
"Why is care not a good option? If it isn't, that is the thing that needs to be addressed."
Come on, you fucking fuck knuckle: are you seriously suggesting that on average, or indeed, in all but the most egregious cases, a care home is not a worse option than being raised by your parents? There isn't a fucking debate to be had here, you clueless fucking moron.