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Children placed in care are to stay near their homes

Children placed in care to stay near homes under new plans unveiled. Credit: ITV News

The Government has confirmed measures to stop vulnerable children being placed in care miles from their homes.

Children's minister Edward Timpson said he was determined to end an "out of sight, out of mind" culture and in future senior officials will have to sign off on all such decisions.

Changes coming into force at the end of the month will also see tougher inspection of care homes and more information released on performance.