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Residential care is 'last resort'

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The Children, Schools and Families Committee has warned that the state is failing in its duty to protect children in care from sexual exploitation, homelessness and falling into crime. In a report, the committee also urges that residential care no longer be seen automatically as a last resort. Chairman of the committee Barry Sheerman and independent social worker Joanna Nicolas discuss the claims.

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