‘The number of care leavers placed in bed and breakfast accommodation has fallen by more than a third over the past two years, research by Barnardo’s has found.
The placements were used for 525 children in 2016, down from 809 in 2014, figures obtained from all 152 English councils under the Freedom of Information Act show.
Under government guidance issued last year, the placements should only be used in “very exceptional emergency circumstances” and for no more than two days.
Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Kahn welcomed the reduction, but warned over 500 young people in bed and breakfast accommodation was “still far too many”.
“Vulnerable young people who leave care need a suitable place to live,” he said’.
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