“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas
September 20, 2017 1 comment
A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed.
Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent more than just four years before.
Veteran Labour MP Ann Coffey is the current chair of the lengthily-titled All Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. She said:
“All the evidence shows that vulnerable children sent to live in placements outside their local authority boundaries are at high risk of going missing and coming to harm. We know there are strong proven links between going missing and child sexual exploitation.”
She called on the government to conduct more research into the links between runaway children in the care system and the location of their residential homes.
September 20, 2017
Categories: Children in care