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Warning from NSPCC

The NSPCC has warned that almost half of abused or neglected children who return home from care suffer further harm.

The NSPCC report “Returning Home From Care”, highlights that children are finding their trust in adults shattered by their experiences. Last year, more than 90,000 children were in care in England, the majority as a result of abuse or neglect. But some 10,000 returned home, compared with just 3,050 who were adopted. It cites academic research that found 46% of children who entered care as a result of abuse or neglect suffered further abuse or neglect if they returned home.

The NSPCC’s warning comes as the number of annual court applications to place children in care has exceeded 10,000 for the first time.