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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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'Rochdale sex grooming case underlines importance of care'

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.

– Earl of Listowel

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