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A government report has revealed that a third of homeless 16- and 17-year-old offenders in England and Wales are being given unsafe or unsuitable accommodation and support.
Dame Glenys Stacey, the Chief Inspector of Probation, told BBC News that the wider support children receive in Britain is sometimes “woefully inadequate”.
Government inspectors found that there was limited supported accommodation available, meaning that some young people were placed in housing that did not meet their needs, often sharing hostels or bed & breakfast accommodation with adult strangers, some of whom had criminal records.
The report also showed that they were only getting a few hours of professional support every week.
A government spokesperson has said: “The law is clear that children's services must protect any child without a home and give them the support they need - and this age group is no exception… That is why we are investing over £500m to tackle homelessness and are collecting data on all children who go missing from care. This will help local services respond more quickly to this issue.”