In response to today’s announcement by the government about planned changes for children in care who are being placed out of their local areas, Ellen Broome, Policy Director of The Children’s Society, said:
'Last year’s parliamentary inquiry into children going missing form care, supported by The Children's Society, identified that many thousands of children were being failed by the very systems and professionals there to keep them safe. This is putting them at risk of serious harm such as sexual exploitation.
'These children are often seen as the problem - rather than vulnerable children who need support and protection.
'Changing these damaging professional attitudes, alongside measures to address the poor quality of care too many children receive, is key to making sure these vulnerable children are kept safe.
We look forward to seeing more detail about the plans and working with the government and professionals to make the system better.'
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Notes to editors
- The Children’s Society acts as secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults (APPG) that works to raise awareness in Parliament of issues connected to children and adults who go missing or run away.
- The Parliamentary inquiry report published in June 2012, by two influential All Party Parliamentary Groups, called for an independent investigation into children’s homes in England and asserts that the system of residential care is “not fit for purpose” for children who go missing.
- 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 a platform for young carers to raise awareness. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.