A child walks past closed shops in Margate
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Children failed by UK care system

14 June 2012 Last updated at 16:24 BST

Figures seen by the BBC's Newsnight programme show the high number of children who go missing from care homes.

Campaigners fear that contracting out care services have led to a drop in standards and the siting of homes in inappropriate parts of the country.

Tim Whewell reports.