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40 per cent of Bucks children in care living outside county
FORTY per cent of children in the care of Buckinghamshire County Council live outside the county - with one in a secure unit in Northumbria.
Of the 440 children in the council's care, 177 are based outside of the county, it was revealed at the authority's full council meeting on Thursday.
Cabinet member for children's services Angela Macpherson said while there is an issue over a lack of space in the county for the youngsters, that was not the prime reason for so many of them being based outside Bucks.
She said: "Not all out of county placements are done because we have no spaces here. We've had to do it to place them away from risk locally. There are social workers allocated to each of these cases.
"There is an issue of capacity. We would prefer not to have them out of county. At the moment there isn't enough provision within the county to match the need of those children. Some are very high risk."
Cllr Macpherson said there are four children deemed to be at the highest level of risk who are in secure units. One of those is in Northumbria, 250 miles away, she said.
A total of 38 are in residential children's home, with 15 of those being in neighbouring local authority areas. The remainder are based further afield, Cllr Macpherson said.
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