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Looked after children: out of area, unregulated and unregistered accommodation in England

The House of Commons Library has published a research briefing providing information on out of area placements for looked after children in England. It also provides information on placements in unregulated and unregistered accommodation. The briefing notes concerns raised by some stakeholders about the increase in the number of out of area placements, including:

• Children are being placed out of area because of a lack of suitable provision closer to home.

• That being placed so far away can be traumatic for children who already have had difficult upbringings.

• The vulnerability of children living far away from home means that they are at greater risk of going missing.

• Children can feel isolated and often do not see loved ones often enough when placed out of area.

For the briefing, click here.