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Children sent to 'far-flung' homes

13 September 2013 Last updated at 20:29 BST

Nearly half of youngsters cared for in England's children's homes are in places far from their home and family.

The education secretary has criticised the "indefensible" practice of sending troubled children to "far-flung" children's homes, many in tough areas.

New data shows there are 16 councils which place all their children outside their own local authority area.

Reeta Chakrabarti reports.