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Residential care is 'last resort'

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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