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18 December 2012
Up to 3,000 vulnerable children are being failed by the care system, reveals Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation (HMIP) today.
HMIP, along with education watchdogs Ofsted and Estyn, carried out a joint inspection across six regions of the UK into the work of youth offending teams with children placed away from home.
In response to the findings, Helen Donohoe, Action for Children's Director of Public Policy, said,"Today's report is critical in highlighting how the UK's most vulnerable children and young people are being let down by the systems that are meant to be there to care for and protect them.
"The duty on local authorities to place children close to home is of paramount importance.
"At the same time, placement decisions must be ultimately based on the child's individual needs and emotional wellbeing - if this therefore leads to a child being placed further from home, even greater support should be guaranteed.
"To give a child or young person the best chance in life they need stability and consistent support."
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