8 Apr 2014

Responding to Ofsted’s report into children placed into care many miles from their home

Peter Grigg, Director of Policy at The Children’s society, said:

'It is unacceptable that two years after our Parliamentary inquiry exposed the harm caused by placing vulnerable children many miles from their homes, councils are still sending thousands of children across the country due to a shortage of suitable carers close to home.

'We know from our work with these children that a lack of contact from social workers and removing them from their friends, school and family can lead to children running away and being at risk of harm and exploitation.

'And this welcome report highlights the worrying lack of care and contact given to these children, as well as the lack of access to education and services to their well-being. Councils are responsible for these children, and it is their duty to keep them safe.

'The government have has made welcome changes to make councils more accountable for where they place children in care, but to make sure these changes are implemented on the ground, councils need to be properly funded. And the government and Ofsted need to ensure tough oversight of councils to make sure they are keeping these children safe.'

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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. Someone who acts on their behalf and can help guide them through the extremely complex system. These children deserve to be kept safe so they can recover from the trauma they have suffered and rebuild their lives.