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'Scandal' over children's care

MPs are calling for an investigation into children's homes which, they say, are failing to manage and protect youngsters who run away or go missing. Ann Coffey MP, chairwoman of the parliamentary inquiry, branded the situation a "scandal".

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MP: Runaway childrens' details should be kept in database

Labour MP Paul Goggins has urged the Further Education Minister John Hayes to discuss with the Home Office the importance of keeping the details of all trafficked children who go missing on the Police National Database.

He said this was important so "they are not forgotten and so that if, for example, they turn up in a cannabis factory, they can be treated immediately as victims rather than criminals".

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