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Children’s social care system ‘unfit for purpose’ in England

Former children’s commissioner Anne Longfield says it often puts vulnerable teenagers in greater danger

The children’s social care system in England is unfit for purpose and often puts vulnerable teenagers in greater danger, according to the former children’s commissioner.

Anne Longfield now runs the Commission on Young Lives, which warns in a report that the children’s social care system is “handing over” some vulnerable teenagers to criminals and abusers by moving them “out of area” to live in dangerous unregulated accommodation that is sometimes targeted by criminals.

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