Ministers propose ban on unregulated care homes for children

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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