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NSPCC warns children in care are being returned to abusive homes

The NSPCC is today warning that hundreds of children currently going into care will be sent back to abusive family homes without the support needed to keep them safe from harm.

According to NSPCC's research, "the most common outcome for children leaving care is, by far, to be returned home to their family. Worrying figures show that around half of the abused or neglected children who enter care each year are abused or neglected again when they return home. A third suffer repeated but failed attempts to reintegrate them into their family."

The NSPCC is calling for the Government to issue new child centred guidance to local authorities for returning children home from care. The charity’s call follows figures, issued earlier this month that show the number of care applications to court has topped 10,000 for the first time ever.

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Click here to download the NSPCC report: Returning Home from Care - What’s Best for Children [External Link to NSPCC website].