Revealed: councils send teens in care to live in squalid B&Bs and bedsits

Observer investigation shows growing numbers of vulnerable young people are being placed in ‘risky’ homes

More and more children as young as 16 are being housed alone in bed and breakfast rooms, bedsits and even caravans by local authorities that are struggling to cope with rising numbers of youngsters in the care system.

An investigation by the Observer and BBC 5 Live has established that there has been a 28% increase in the number of under-18s placed by councils in so-called independent living accommodation, which lacks live-in staff support and includes unsupervised B&Bs, over the past eight years.

I was taking legal highs every day. I was drinking. I was around men who were 28 and I was only 16. That’s not normal

There is a national shortage of foster placements willing to take 16- to 18-year-old young people, which limits options

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Source: The Guardian: Homelessness

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