Hundreds more children ‘farmed out’ to care homes miles from where they live despite pledge to cut number

May 8, 2018 by

‘These children are being targeted and preyed upon by paedophiles and criminals who know they are vulnerable,’ says Labour MP

Ann Coffey –

Hundreds more children have been ”farmed out” to residential homes many miles from where they were brought up despite promises to cut the number of out-of-borough placements.

The number of children who were sent to residential homes far away from their home town in England rose by 64 per cent between 2012 and 2017, Labour MP Ann Coffey has revealed.

There has also been a surge in the number of sent-away children going missing from their care homes, with the number of incidents more than doubling – from 4,380 in 2015 to 9,190 in 2017.

Ms Coffey will argue in a parliamentary debate that vulnerable children who are sent far away from where they grew up are more likely to be targeted by paedophiles and drugs gangs.

 

Source: Hundreds more children ‘farmed out’ to care homes miles from where they live despite pledge to cut number | The Independent

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