Claims that children are being put at risk in unregulated accommodation have prompted Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi to say he is considering how the sector can be improved. ITV reports.
The minister said he wanted to eliminate a “rogue element” in some supported and semi-supported accommodation for 16 and 17-year-olds, but stopped short of calling for full regulation of these homes. Standard children’s homes are regulated by Ofsted.
Newsnight reported that that the number of teenagers sent to unregulated care homes outside their home borough had doubled since 2014, with data indicating a further rise in 2019.
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