The Guardian is reporting that the government has unveiled proposals to crack down on councils’ use of unregulated care homes, amid increasing concerns that looked-after youngsters are being placed in accommodation that puts them at risk of exploitation.
The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, is to propose a ban on under-16s in care being accommodated in unregulated placements, as well as introducing new minimum quality standards for unregulated provision used to house over-16s.
More than 6,000 youngsters – 100 of them under 16 – are currently placed in unregulated accommodation, up from 4,800 in 2016, a rapid increase blamed on rising numbers of looked-after children and a lack of registered homes.
Unregulated provision is essentially when children, usually over the age of 16, need support to live independently rather than needing full-time care. It is allowed under the law, although it is not regulated by Ofsted.
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