Looked after children 

The independent charity Article 39 has published new research exploring allegations made against adults working in children’s institutional settings in England. The report explores allegations made in 2018-2019 and 2020-2021. Findings include: according to data provided by 59 local authorities, the most common type of alleged abuse was physical abuse (44%); only 16 local authorities provided information regarding the number of allegations that led to section 47 enquiries; and there is still no uniform process for local authorities to record and report data on institutional abuse and the outcomes of neglect allegations. Recommendations include: statutory guidance on keeping children safe in all institutional settings should be provided as a matter of urgency; and all abuse allegations should be investigated by independent child protection professionals.

Read the press release: Call for government guidance to keep children safe in institutional settings
Download the report: Abuse in children’s institutional settings: How much is known? (PDF)

Source: Article 39

Date: 15 December 2021

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