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Teens in care are being housed alone in B&Bs

Observer investigation finds increased use of ‘independent living arrangements’

An increasing number of under-18- year-olds in care are being housed in 'independent living accommodation' by local authorities, according to an investigation by The Observer and BBC 5 Live.

The report, based partly on answers to Freedom of Information requests, finds that there has been a 28 per cent increase in such placements over the last eight years. Independent living accommodation includes unsupervised bed and breakfast rooms as well as bedsits.

The number of looked-after children placed in independent living arrangements by English local authorities rose from 2,420 in 2010 to 3,090 in 2018. In Wales, over the same period, the number of such arrangements grew by 73 per cent, from 75 to 130.

For The Observer report, click here.

6/1/19