Children’s homes ‘cannot substantiate’ protection claims

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Children’s homes who say they make active efforts to protect residents from child sexual exploitation may not be able to substantiate such claims according to the Department for Education (DfE).

In a new report, researchers from the DfE interviewed staff from ten such homes. Four were reviewed in depth.

Interviewees said children at risk were protected from further exploitation and helped to improve their performance in school and general self-confidence. But many could produce only limited evidence for this, the DfE claims, or demonstrate the effectiveness of work that was carried out.

The report notes:

“…information on the progress children made in relation to different outcomes was based mainly on non-systematic and unstructured observations by staff”.

The DfE was also critical of a lack of research into long-term outcomes for the children.

Read the report here.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Karen Pattinson - January 11, 2017 at 3:50am

Very interesting reading as need information on behalf of a friend who’s child is in care home

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