‘It’s criminal to send vulnerable pupils here’

Schools in some areas say they are resisting taking looked-after children to protect them from local drugs or sex abuse problems

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“There are gangs and drugs and sexual commerce and lots of that happening in Thanet. To send vulnerable children here is just criminal.”

Kate Greig, headteacher of King Ethelbert School, a secondary academy in Thanet, Kent, is concerned that “huge numbers” of children in care are being moved to her area from parts of London where there are foster care shortages.

Thanet is the 35th most deprived area out of 326 local authority districts in England but, as an area with relatively affordable housing and limited employment opportunities, it has a large number of foster carers.

Greig is being ...

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