27th May, 2021 9:34 am
Data provided by councils shows that at least 1,286 reports of abuse against children living in unregulated care homes were made in the two years up to last December.
Almost one in five related to sexual abuse and exploitation, and there were also allegations of physical abuse and trafficking.
The true figure is expected to be much higher however, as 93 of the 155 councils offering children’s care services did not respond to Freedom of Information requests. It will become illegal from September for children under 16 to live in unregulated care homes.
Joe Caluori, head of policy at the Crest Advisory crime and justice consultancy, said: “In our research, we found evidence not only that unregistered settings are inappropriate – in red-light districts, a barge on a canal, a static caravan site – but also that a spider’s web of owners and managers are laundering money and enabling an environment in which workers groom children to deal drugs.”
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Source: Mail on Sunday
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