More than half of councils in England have placed children leaving care in the past year in bed and breakfasts for at least 28 days, figures show.
The figure of more than 800 care leavers having been placed in accommodation in that period is much higher than that recorded by the Department for Education, Barnardo’s said,
The children’s charity said it goes against guidance that B&Bs should only be used as a last resort.
In an undercover investigation following the release of the figures to the charity, director Puja Darbari said the accommodation she experienced was entirely unsuitable and she was “horrified” by conditions faced by some young people, which included damp and mouldy bedrooms and rot around windows.
The charity is launching new guidance to local authorities as part of its Beyond Care campaign.