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Young People Leaving Care 'At Risk', Say MPs

Thousands of young people are at risk of being failed by the system when they leave care, according to damning findings by MPs.

A new report by the education select committee has found some teenagers were being forced out of placements before they were ready to live alone, while others were being placed into unsuitable accommodation

MPs also concluded the use of B&Bs for vulnerable young people should be banned.

Committee chair Graham Stuart said: "These are very vulnerable young people - there is no support from them in these places.

"The Government should consult on a regulatory regime to ensure they are safe. If you look at foster care, school, colleges - all other areas inspected to ensure they’re safe.

"But all too often 16 or 17-year-olds who have often experienced abuse are put into accommodation with no regulatory oversight."

The criticisms come amid growing concern about young people leaving care.

Of the adult prison population, 24% have spent some time in care, whilst around a quarter of those sleeping rough have a background in care.

About twice as many care leavers are not in education, employment or training (NEET) as other young people, and care leavers are more than four times more likely to commit suicide in adulthood.

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