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Unregulated Accommodation: 16 to 17-year-olds

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:14 pm on 15th October 2019.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 7:14 pm, 15th October 2019

I declare my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I congratulate my hon. Friend, who is generous in taking interventions. It is not just a case of the quality of the accommodation that many of these vulnerable young people are put into, or indeed the services available to them, but the locations they are placed in. Is he aware that some years ago in the Department for Education we produced “heat maps”, which showed areas where children should just not be placed? Children were being placed in homes on the same street as sex offender hostels, for example. There is a duty on directors of children’s services to ensure that the areas in which these children are being placed are appropriate and safe.