Doncaster one of worst places in England for child abuse in care homes, report finds

Doncaster is one of the worst places in England for complaints about child abuse in unregulated care homes, a new report has said.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 11:25 am

Almost 1,300 reports of abuse against children living in unregulated care were made across the country in just two years, The Mail on Sunday has said.

And Doncaster – alongside Lancashire and Hillingdon - was one of the authorities with the highest numbers.

Cases related to sexual abuse, exploitation, physical abuse and trafficking.

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The report says Doncaster is one of the worst places for complaints about abuse in unregulated care homes.

It says most reports are for those aged 14 to 17 but children as young as 11 are also housed.

According to the Government website, ‘unregulated provision’ is permitted ‘when children (usually over the age of 16) need support to live independently rather than needing full-time care’.

It is not subject to regulation by education watchdog Ofsted but instead falls under the responsibility of individual councils.

The Department for Education said: ‘We are taking action to ensure that placement practice is appropriate and this provision is more consistently good.’