The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report about looked after children who are living in placements outside of their local area. Findings include: over 30,000 (41% of) looked after children are living ‘out of area’ in England, and over 11,000 of these children are more than 20 miles from home. Recommendations include: the Government should make children in care outside their local area a specific subject in its upcoming review of the care system and the Department for Education (DfE) should review the residential care market for children.
Read the press release: Thousands of children in care passed around the system like parcels and living miles away from family and friends
Read the report: Pass the parcel: children posted around the care system (PDF)
Source: The Children’s Commissioner for England
Date: 24 December 2019