The number of children gone missing from care homes in Britain has increased worryingly with those lost being exposed to sexual exploitation and drug addiction, local media reported.
The numbers of children to have gone missing from foster homes across Britain has increased by 19 percent, The Independent reported.
According to the report there have been 9,480 reported incidents of children disappearing from foster care, including around 3,151 children missed in the last year.
The issue has been highlighted by a landmark Ofsted investigation into foster homes and adoption.
The figures show that rising numbers of vulnerable young individuals, who go missing, are at risk of being exposed to sex abuse and drug addiction.
More than half of the children were missing for less than 24 hours with others leaving for periods between one week and 28 days, the report said.
Tom Rahilly, head of National Society for Prevention of Cruelty (NSPCC) said, “These children are at risk of harm, including being targeted by sex offenders who prey on vulnerable individuals. Sadly this is a long standing problem which needs urgent attention. If we are to give foster children the protection they deserve we must tackle all instances of poor care and provide better support for their carers.”
Meanwhile, thousands of children in England have been sexually exploited by gangs or groups of men or risk the dangers of sex abuse, according to a report that has called for urgent action to protect young people.
The concerns have been prompted by revelations of child sex abuse by former BBC TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
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