The Earl of Listowel, vice chairman of the All-party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers, has said that today's reports underlines how variable standards of care across the country are:
The inquiry recognises that there are examples of excellent children's homes and that for some children this is sometimes the most appropriate option. But the great variability of standards and the generally very low level of qualifications of staff need urgent remedy. As the recent Rochdale case has clearly demonstrated, it is essential that no stone is left unturned when it comes to the care and protection of some of this country's most vulnerable children.
More top news
The ARA San Juan disappeared on November 15, en route from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata.
Top management at British Gymnastics face a grass roots rebellion in the wake of recent controversies surrounding the sport.
Philip Hammond's financial commitment to the NHS in this year's Budget falls short of what is needed according to hospital bosses.