Hundreds more children have been ”farmed out” to residential homes many miles from where they were brought up despite promises to cut the number of out-of-borough placements.
The number of children who were sent to residential homes far away from their home town in England rose by 64 per cent between 2012 and 2017, Labour MP Ann Coffey has revealed.
There has also been a surge in the number of sent-away children going missing from their care homes, with the number of incidents more than doubling – from 4,380 in 2015 to 9,190 in 2017.
Ms Coffey will argue in a parliamentary debate that vulnerable children who are sent far away from where they grew up are more likely to be targeted by paedophiles and drugs gangs.
She said: “The government promised to curb the growing practice of farming out children to homes that are sometimes 100 miles from where they live.
“Shockingly, the rise has not stopped at all, but has got worse. Despite the pledge, record numbers of children are being sent away to places where they are more vulnerable to exploitation.”
Figures obtained by Ms Coffey from the Department for Education show the number of children placed in homes outside of their borough has risen from 2,250 in 2012 to 3,680 in March 2017.
The MP for Stockport will use a debate in Westminster Hall today to highlight links between children going missing and sexual exploitation – as was seen in the scandals in Rotherham and Rochdale – as well as links to so-called county lines, where inner city drug gangs move out into more rural towns and cities.
Ms Coffey, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, added: “These children are running away at a faster rate and are being targeted and preyed upon by paedophiles and criminals who know they are vulnerable.
“The farming out of children to areas where they have no friends or family circles or local social workers has created a perfect storm where it is increasingly difficult to protect children.”
Nadhim Zahawi, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for education, said the figures showing a rise in the number of sent-away children going missing from their care homes should be “treated with caution” as “local councils’ recording of this information is improving over time”.
But despite this warning, the Department for Education (DfE) has said it is updating its Missing Children and Adults Strategy to improve the current response to missing people.
A DfE spokesman said: “Children in care are some of the most vulnerable people in society and it’s essential that their best interests are at the centre of all decision making.
“Local authorities have a statutory duty to make sure that placements meet the needs of children in their care and this includes the location of the placement.
“We are updating our Missing Children and Adults Strategy which for the first time will include a strategy to improve the current response to missing people.
“We have also strengthened care planning and children’s homes regulation requiring all homes to have a clear policy for preventing children from going missing.”
Additional reporting by PA
As a former foster mom, this is outrageous! We should be protecting these children from further abuse, more social workers, and better accountability of the foster system. From what I’m reading they would better off in the original homes. Some foster families are in for the money, those need to weeded out.
This man deserves to be recognized
The pain that he has gone through…the pain that Cory Haim went through…..how They kept trying for years to get people to listen to them….how it destroyed Cory Haim…his demons …..so sad! Cory Feldman needs to be heard…finally!!!!!
In 2011, Feldman claimed that a “Hollywood mogul” who abused Haim was to blame for his death. The 2013 memoir by Corey Feldman, Coreyography, details the sexual abuse he and Haim suffered as young actors in the film industry; during the filming of Lucas, Feldman stated that Haim “allowed himself to be sodomized”, and “had been tricked into engaging in a painful session of anal sex by a man on the movie set. The man told Haim that sex between men and boys was normal in Hollywood, saying that ‘all the guys in the entertainment world do it.’ After this experience, Haim proposed the idea to Feldman that they should be engaging in that with each other as well. Feldman turned him down, explaining that was not ‘just what guys do’ and that children should not be having those kinds of interactions with adults.”
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Exactly, I pray that Washington will look into this, this revelation is disturbing practice. I recall during the election that many lawmakers, law enforcement was involved in this method of deviant high profile pedophiles, whether they are one themselves or protected the practice. It’s a crime let’s sink them. The people demand justice.
By ENT LAWYER
Back in the day, he was an actor. A fairly successful child actor. As he started getting a little older, he played the game the way he was told. When he wasn’t old enough to drive he was hooking up with that A list movie producer and that A list mostly movie director that keeps popping up. He spent most of his time though with a guy who taught him about money while also having sex with him. I say sex, but our actor was not yet legal so lets call it what it is – rape.
The money guy schooled our actor on how to make money. Meanwhile, the actor was also used to bring in young male actors for the sick fantasies of the previously mentioned and also the sick fantasies of investors. I can’t tell you how many child and teen actors ended up dead from drugs or booze or just suicide because of these a-holes.
It hasn’t stopped. Things have just slightly changed. The mentor of the actor has to lay low all the time now. He is always watched by authorities. The actor though can move freely. He makes a ton of money which is used to finance movies for the director and the producer. Almost every movie they change the name of the finance company to keep people off the trail. Where do they get the money? Politicians, executives and anyone else who wants to have sex with young boys. The actor has a supply chain from acting schools and casting calls to model hunts and everything in between. The former actor uses his political connections to make people guardians of some of these boys. Can you imagine the sick f**k who knows what is going to happen to these boys but approves a guardianship for the boy to live with the guy who is going to rape them?
The thing is, people have spoken up. People have complained. You know what happens? Nothing. The voice gets hammered back down. Maybe some cash changes hands. Maybe the troubled youth ends up dead. A victim of the drug crisis or gun violence. The guardian did everything they could say the stories. Gave the youth a loving home.
If you go back a decade, you will see the fields of Hollywood littered with the dead bodies of actors who were victimized by this group. The deaths might be publicized but not the aftermath. None of the dead actors ever get in a memorial during Oscar or Emmy night. They just are child or teen actors who couldn’t handle fame. No, they are actors who couldn’t handle being raped and living their lives after years of abuse.
Ent lawyer is really dropping scoops left and right! Thank you haute monster on the Blind Item patrol!
“[It’s] tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that is life is so messed up,” Allen said. “There’s no winners in that, it’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.” Allen added that he’d heard about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct previously but dismissed such chatter because he was “not interested in it.” He explained,
Well we already knew Woody Allen was a P.O.S…..
He doesn’t want the “witch hunt” because HE doesn’t want to get caught.
OMG STFU WA
What a typical pedophile move, shut up and take a seat!! You’re a pimple on society’s ass!
Haute monster, I couldn’t agree more. How out there that ask was sounds like a poor loser. Thank you
Reality tv show & selling pictures and they can say they “don’t receive no money” and technically it’s true but they live on Princess Anne’s estate and enjoy all the perks of being a granddaughter of the Queen
In other news, Case moved from May 15 to May 25 because they are working on a settlement
An ex-teen prostitute who claims she was billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” wants to haul the sex-offender financier into Manhattan federal court to testify in her defamation case agai…
and another case involving Andrew & Epstein
Virginia R. Giuffre vs. Ghislaine Maxwell is related to the same 2005 Epstein/Maxwell sex trafficking criminal case. Scheduled for trial May 15th, in New York, it has been rescheduled to May 25th. According to court filings that have been heavily redacted, attorneys for Virginia Giuffre postponed the May 15th jury trial pending settlement talks. Judge Robert Sweet, a Carter appointee, is the presiding judge. The New York Post and New York Daily News are on record objecting to the heavily redacted filings
The files are redacted in regards to Prince Andrew’s involvement
but hey go back to “what will Megsy wear to Pippa’s wedding” no need for the UK JOURNALISTS to report any news
Have a lovely day! 🙂
This was posted in May 2017, I think it deserves another look.