MP: “Children’s Homes Are Run In The Interests Of Providers, Not Kids.”

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Labour politician Ann Coffey MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on missing children, told other MPs during a debate about children in care last week that business agendas were being prioritised over the way children were experiencing care, with detrimental effects to their wellbeing.

Ms Coffey explained that a third of children were placed 20 miles or more from their home areas, and suggested that the problem was due to homes being set up in low-cost areas to suit business purposes, rather than what’s best for children. Ms Coffey also highlighted the fact that 79% of children’s homes were in the private or voluntary sector, and confirmed that there were concerns about larger private equity firms entering the market.

However, her findings were disputed by chief executive of the Independent Children’s Home Association, Jonathan Stanley, who claims that a study of the location of homes found there “is no correlation between cost of…

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