Our response to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) report

17 December 2012

Responding to her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) report out today (Tuesday 18 December 2012), Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, said:

‘Today's Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) report further highlights how seriously we are letting down some of the country's most vulnerable older children.

‘Huge numbers of children in the care system are placed far away from their homes, increasing the risk of them running away, getting into trouble and having their needs neglected.

‘Many of these children will have already experienced abuse or neglect in the family - these recent reports reveal that many go on to experience 'institutional neglect' when they are in the care system.

‘In July, The Children's Society, alongside two All Party Parliamentary Groups, warned that thousands of children in care are being put at risk. They are often being targeted by predators for sexual exploitation. These children are more likely to run away and be seen as troublesome by professionals whose duty it is to protect and support them.

‘We urge the government to take a serious look at how well agencies are meeting the needs of older children, who are way too often being failed by the very system set up to help them.’

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Notes to editors
• The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.