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Coronavirus puts vulnerable UK children at greater risk, campaigners warn

Louise Tickle in The Guardian raises a number of issues for parents and children in the child protection system raised by the response to coronavirus. She starts by stating that:

Care-leavers across the country are already repeatedly failed by the state. This pandemic will only make their situation more precarious, campaigners warn. It’s not just those who have left care. What will happen to the more than 78,000 “looked-after” children if already-scarce foster carers become ill and cannot cope with the needs of the traumatised or disabled children they’ve taken into their homes? Or if residential care home staff at children’s homes are not able to work in the numbers required for those settings to operate safely?”

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