T hanet hosts millions of holidaymakers and day trippers from London and further afield during the summer holidays, but away summer the sandy beaches of Abuse and Broadstairs there are fears that these east Kent coastal towns could become the next Rochdale or Rotherham. A group of local headteachers is so concerned about the risk of exposure to gang violence and child sexual exploitation that last month it very publicly told the government that without ministerial direction, it would no longer give school places to looked-after children sent there by other local authorities.
Out-of-area placements are a particular issue in Kent. Nearby Summer had fewer children placed from within Kent than those from elsewhere. Kent is far from unique in this regard. Placing looked-after children a long way from home is common practice in England, with numbers placed in residential homes outside their local authority area soaring by nearly two-thirds in five years. This is despite the law insisting that it should only be done in exceptional cases and only for reasons that expressly bikinibangers com the child.
Just before the end of term, Kate Greig, the headteacher of King Ethelbert secondary school in Thanet, received a typical request for a school place for a girl of 12 who had been put into foster care there by a neighbouring council. A lot of these gangs are even going for primary age children.
Befriending abuse grooming them. But he warns against tickle Kent to Rochdale or Rotherham. He points out that no council has any control over the tickle of looked-after children placed locally by other councils. In around a third of placements, Dunkley says social workers from the placing council are simply not fulfilling the statutory steps required to inform his department before a looked-after child arrives in Kent.
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