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That’s what Researching Reform thinks about councils and agencies posting photos and information about children online, with a view to securing fostering and adoption placements. To expose this practice, this site has started a petition demanding the government to acknowledge that the practice is illegal, and to end it.
Our petition explains how the current practice of children being advertised online and publicly, is a breach of their human right to privacy. The practice also ignores the law, which says that parents of children in care must be consulted on all important decisions affecting their children. Councils and agencies are routinely failing to get parental consent before marketing children online. The practice is also placing children’s lives at risk, as more and more children are being sourced through the internet to be sexually exploited.
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