Many children in care being moved hundreds of miles from home, charity warns

Charity Become has urged the government and local authorities to increase availability of local care placements in England, warning that hundreds of children have been moved to Scotland and Wales. Become’s research, conducted by analysing data from Freedom of Information requests submitted to the Department for Education and 151 local authorities, found that some children were moved more than 500 miles from home. Last year more than 800 children under the care of local authorities in England were moved to Scotland or Wales, the report adds. Children with experience of multiple care placements are more likely to be placed more than 20 miles away from home, the report states. Read more.

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