Children In Care by Media Wales

Hundreds of children taken into care in Wales are being sent to live miles away from their homes, with campaigners warning the arrangements may leave them more vulnerable to abuse.

A total of 1,465 placements were made by Welsh councils in 2011-12, a figure which had grown from 1,331 in 2010-11 and 1,362 in 2009-10.

While those figures include children re-homed elsewhere in Wales, many were sent as far away as Kent, Surrey, Leeds, Newcastle and parts of London.

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